Join us for the
FA Research Flash Talk Series
In honor of FA Awareness month in May, FARA is proud to present: The third annual FA Research Flash Talks series - featuring Young Investigators from FARA funded laboratories around the world. This four-part series will cover key aspects of FARA funded research from gene silencing and disease mechanisms to therapeutic avenues and clinical insights. Each session will include Flash Talks from five Young Investigators (ie, postdocs and graduate students) and will be moderated by an FA Community member. Each Flash Talk will be limited to a maximum of five minutes and a single PowerPoint slide and will be suitable for a lay audience. We will also allott time for a brief Q&A following the talks.

Click the button below to register for one, two, three, or all four of the sessions. You will have the option to select which sessions you wish to attend.
Session #1
May 5, 2022 - 12pm ET
Moderated by: Jessica Hawley
Structural and Functional Complementation of Human Supercomplex for [Fe-S] Cluster Assembly by the Dictyostelium discoideum Frataxin
Justo Olmos, iB3-FCEN-Universidad de Buenos aires

Identification of molecular pathways in the pathophysiology of frataxin deficient proprioceptive neurons
Deepika Mokkachamy-Chellapandi, Institut NeuroMyoGène

Investigating the role of bioactive sphingolipids in Friedreich’s ataxia
Saqlain Suleman, Brunel University London

Mitochondrial integrated stress response in Friedreich's Ataxia cardiomyopathy
Nicole Sayles, Weill Cornell Medicine

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Gene Editing of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells 
Anusha Sivakumar, University of California, San Diego
Session #2
May 12, 2022 - 12pm ET
Moderated by: Cecilia Estrella
Using lab-grown heart cells as a model to study Friedreich's ataxia
Soteroulla Ellina, Imperial College London

Improving the Quaternary Addition Strategy: Nanobody-based Affinity Clips for FRDA
María Florencia Pignataro, iB3-FCEN-Universidad de Buenos Aires

Development of an AAV-based gene therapy for the ocular phenotype of Friedreich’s Ataxia
Siddhant Gupte, University of Florida

Hepcidin-Ferroportin axis in Friedreich´s ataxia
Elisabetta Indelicato, Center for Rare Neurological Disorders Innsbruck

MyHeart CHOP: An App to Measure and Monitor Exercise
Nicolette Cilenti, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Session #3
May 19, 2021 - 12pm ET
Moderated by: Caroline Spencer
Finding Structure-Function Relationship in the Iron-Sulfur Cluster Assembly Machinery
Karl Ellioth Sewell, iB3-FCEN-Universidad de Buenos Aires

Partial frataxin bypass on Fe-S clusters biogenesis in murine cellular model
Valentine Mosbach, Institut NeuroMyoGène

Frataxin controls ketone body metabolism through regulation of OXCT1
Yi Na Dong, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Now recruiting: The FA Sweet-Heart Study: Glycemia and Echo Findings in Friedreich’s Ataxia 
Camilla Whitesel, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Development & Validation of the Patient-Reported and Caregiver-Reported FA-Health Indices
Anika Varma, University of Rochester
Session #4
May 26, 2021 - 12pm ET
Moderated by: Mary Nadon-Scott
Somatic GAA expansions as a potential therapeutic target for Friedreich ataxia
Maheswaran Kesavan, Massachusetts General Hospital

Manipulation of the Frataxin Expression and Function by CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing in Dictyostelium discoideum
Hernán Gentili, iB3-FCEN-Universidad de Buenos Aires

Modeling Friedreich’s ataxia with iPSC-derived brain cells and correction of the defects by gene editing 
Priyanka Mishra, University of California, San Diego

Exploring the role of frataxin in the mitochondrial phenotype of Friedreich’s ataxia patients’ cells
Davide Doni, University of Padova

Nicotinamide Riboside improves mitochondrial function in mouse model of Freidreich's Ataxia
Caroline Perry, University of Pennsylvania