General information about genetic tests available to diagnose ataxia can be found here.

If you would like to receive a genetic diagnostic test in Oxford, click here for more information.

To take part in genetic studies, please have a look at the following links:

  • Genomics England - In December 2018, it was announced that the 100,000 Genomes Project, funded by the Department of Health, had successfully reached its target to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Recruitment is now closed.

    With this project, the UK has become the first nation in the world to apply whole genome sequencing at scale in direct healthcare. The results will also provide access to high quality clinical and genomic data for research, aimed at improving patient outcomes. Ataxia was one of the rare conditions eligible for the study. You can find more information about this study by visiting the 100,000 Genomes website.

    Genomics England is now working towards the delivery of the new NHS Genomics Medicine Service, which aims to routinely offer whole genome sequencing on the NHS. This service will be rolled out across England, but it is not yet available.

    Anyone that took part in the 100,000 Genomes study can click here for more information about obtaining results.

  • There is a research study running in Oxford which is aiming to collect people's feedback about the Genomics England project. The research team are looking to interview people who have been invited to take part in the Genome 100,000 Project (including if you have declined to take part in the project and decided it wasn’t for you). They would like to interview you about your experiences, feelings and thoughts about genomic research. They would then (with your permission) like to put extracts from your interview on our websiteHealthtalk.org (in video, audio or written only format). You can find more information about this study here. If you are interested and would like further information or have any questions at all, please contact the research lead, Sara Ryan at [email protected] - RECRUITMENT NOW CLOSED.