Save the date for the International Ataxia Research Conference 2017! Ataxia UK together with FARA and GoFAR are organising the International Ataxia Research conference in Pisa, Italy. This event is key for researchers, clinicians and representatives from pharma/biotech companies who have interest in research on ataxia. The first conference in Windsor (UK) was the largest ataxia conference ever organised and was a great success. The second International ataxia research conference will be held on 27-30 September 2017; more information about registration and abstract submission will follow soon in the New Year. IARC 2015 - a resounding success! About IARC-2015The International Ataxia Research Conference 2015 took place in Windsor, England on the 25th-28th of March. It was hailed as a great success for the advancement of Ataxia research with new collaborations being formed and ground breaking research being presented. Delegates arrived from all over the world to discuss the latest research in the Ataxias, and around 340 people attended in total. We would like to thank everyone who attended the conference and we hope that it inspired you to keep up the great work!Session summariesTo share the exciting research presented at the conference, we asked several researchers in attendance to write lay summaries of each session highlighting the main areas of interest. Session 1: New genes and developments in diagnosis of the ataxiasSession 2: Genetic and molecular mechanisms of the ataxias Session 3a: Cellular and animal models of Friedreich's ataxia Session 3b: Cellular and animal models of other ataxias Session 4: Cellular and systemic pathways Session 5: Drug discovery and emerging therapeutic strategies Session 6: Biomarkers and function measures Session 7: Clinical trials and trial design Further resourcesIf you are interested in knowing more about the conference you can take a look at the abstract book, programme and the delegate list. A scientific report about this conference is published in Journal of Rare Disorders and can be found here. If you would like to find out more about drug development, take a look at the report on the interview with Pavel Balabanov from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which took place at the conference. The research presented at the IARC 2015 was conducted all over the world, as illustrated on this map:Lay talks from the euroataxia meetingThese lay talks took place at the 2015 meeting for Euro-ataxia members, a federation of Ataxia charities from across Europe.Marios Hadjivassiliou's talk on the causes of ataxia To view the presentation that corresponds with the talk, please click here. Matthis Synofzik's talk on genes, genetic mechanisms and diagnostic challenges To view the presentation that corresponds with the talk, please click here. Dr Manolis Fanto's talk on animal models of hereditary ataxias To view the presentation that corresponds with the talk, please click here. Dr Mark Pook's talk on current drug treatment research in Friedreich's ataxia To view the presentation that corresponds with the talk, please click here. Pictures - Poster and oral presentations - Kyle Bryant's standing ovation after his inspirational talk''I would like to say thank you to the all of the work the ARC Committee has put into making the conference run without a hitch! It was a truly rewarding experience for me as a graduate student to be welcomed into such a wonderful community of patients, clinicians and researchers all working together to cure the ataxias.'' -IARC 2015 Conference Attendee The conference was closed by Clodagh Clerkin, who read her poem about what it's like to live with ataxia and the hope that the research conference has brought her, click here to read it. Many thanks to the Scientific Steering Committee: Paola Giunti, Barry Hunt, Michele Lufino, Giovanni Manfredi, Massimo Pandolfo, Hélène Puccio, Roberto Testi, Rob Wilson and representatives from Ataxia UK (Julie Greenfield, Julie Vallortigara), FARA (Jen Farmer) and GoFAR (Mina Ruggeri). Many thanks to the Conference Planning Committee: Ataxia UK, Ataxia Ireland, FARA and GoFAR.