1964 Ataxia UK charity established – originally called as Friedreich’s Ataxia Group

1993 Gene causing the first spinocerebellar ataxia identified (SCA-1)

1996 Gene causing Friedreich’s ataxia identified  - enabling testing in the womb and a number of research possibilities

In 1990s five papers on results of trials testing treatments in people with FA published

2000 Ataxia UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee established

2000 First Research Officer employed by Ataxia UK to manage research programme

From 2000 to June 2011 24 papers on results of trials testing treatments in people with FA published

2001 Ataxia UK fund four research projects

2005 First Ataxia centre of expertise opened in London

2007 First Ataxia Guidelines published for the diagnosis and management of people with progressive ataxia

2008 Ataxia UK National Helpline 0845 644 0606 launched

2010 30 different spinocerebellar ataxia types identified

2011 Ataxia UK fund 21 research projects

2011 First Ataxia Training Day for healthcare professionals

2012 Ataxia UK fund a further 21 research projects

2012 Ataxia UK launched 2020 vision – aiming for treatments or cures for one or all of the ataxias by this date

2013 New NHS genetic diagnostic service established for ataxias as a result of Ataxia UK research

2014 - 2015 Ataxia UK rebrands and launches its new website