The study outlined in this notice is being conducted in the United States, but does not require participants to travel. 

The study requires medical records in English.



----- Original Message -----

From: Linda Condon

To: fapg

Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 10:36 PM

Subject: [FAPG] FA cardiac study still recruiting


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Announces a Study of Cardiomyopathy in

Friedreich Ataxia Patients


Who Can Participate?


- Any individual with a diagnosis of Friedreich ataxia (both living and deceased).


Why and What Are We Studying?


- We are interested in collecting all available cardiac medical records, ECHO tapes, Holter monitors and ECG data in Friedreich ataxia patients

- We want to learn about the full range of cardiac dysfunction that can occur in Friedreich Ataxia

- We are interested in studying the cardiac abnormalities and severities of Friedreich ataxia patients


What Is Involved In Participation?


- Talking with the study coordinator about your Friedreich Ataxia history

- Identifying where your medical records are kept

- Signing medical record release forms for us to obtain your records

- You will not need to come to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in order to participate

- This is a research study and no personal results will be reported back to you directly

- Your information will be kept strictly confidential

- Your participation is entirely voluntary and the study team will be available to answer questions about your rights as a research subject


For More Information Please Contact:

Erin Paulsen, Study Coordinator

(267) 426-9738

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