Joint Transnational Call 2015 (JTC2015)


Autosomal-recessive cerebellar ataxias (ARCAs) define a genetically heterogeneous group of rare degenerative disorders characterized by progressive cerebellar degeneration. Recent high-throughput sequencing techniques have allowed to identify an expanding number of novel ARCA genes, many identified by researchers from this consortium. However, the challenge is now to translate this genetic progress into preparing successful treatment trials. PREPARE will collate the complementary expertise from many ARCA centres worldwide to facilitate the crucial translational steps from genetic fingerprinting to preclinical trials and trial ready cohorts. To set this stage, it will establish a “translational pipeline” that will be applicable to several rare ARCAs alike. A shared prospective longitudinal registry will allow to aggregate ARCA cohorts of sufficient size and establish serial natural history data needed to launch treatment trials. Genetically still undefined ARCA patients will be screened by exome sequencing, thus maximizing the number of patients eligible for treatment trials and including definition of novel ARCA syndromes. To support causality of the novel genes and identify pathway nodes susceptible to drug compounds, genetic fly models will be created. Trial outcome measures will be established by an international collaborative process, capturing complex ARCA phenotypes and including extensive „3-omics“ biomarker screening. First preclinical trial protocols applicable to many ARCA types will be implemented in transgenic ARCA mice, including testing of drug compounds.

  • Synofzik, Matthis (Coordinator)
    Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research [GERMANY]
  • Van De Warrenburg, Bart
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior [NETHERLANDS]
  • Stevanin, Giovanni
    Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, INSERM U975, Paris VI University [FRANCE]
  • Puccio, Helene
    Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC) [FRANCE]
  • Brais, Bernard
    Montreal Neurological Institut of McGill University [QUÉBEC CANADA]
  • Santorelli, Filippo
    IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris [ITALY]
  • Hanagasi, Hasmet Ayhan
    Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, University of Istanbul [TURKEY]
  • Giunti, Paola
    Institute of Neurology, UCL, Queen Square [UNITED KINGDOM]