1. €5,000 to a project, looking the effect of adult stem cells may have on Friedreich’s Ataxia in a laboratory animal model in November 2013. Dr Jonathan Jones, Miguel University, Alicante, Spain is currently working on a project which will help researchers understand if and how stem cells can protect nerve cells in Friedreich’s Ataxia, and provide a potential treatment approach for the disease.
2. €5,000 to Dr Mark Pook, Brunel University, London for his project investigating another drug, similar to HADCi, which could be a potential treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxia
3. €5,000 to Dr Javier Diaz-Nido, Madrid. He is investigating how drugs can penetrate the brain when used in connection with gene therapy. Dr Javier has worked extensively on gene therapy over the last few years.