Gluten Gluten ataxia is caused by a sensitivity to the protein gluten found in wheat products. It is one of the most common forms of sporadic idiopathic ataxia (where ataxia is found in people with no family history of ataxia and no known cause). You can find more information on Gluten ataxia research here. Our specialist ataxia neurologist, Professor M Hadjivassiliou, is a leading expert in gluten ataxia. He runs the Specialist Ataxia Centre in Sheffield, and is leading research into the condition. If you have a diagnosis of gluten ataxia, please ask for a referral from your GP to the centre for specialist care. You can read how to do that here. There is also a useful app that helps to monitor the gluten content in well-known products, assisting with your shopping and taking control over your condition.