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From: Jennifer Callaghan

To: FARAA mailinglist

Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:25 AM

Subject: [fara] Australian FA drug trial announcement


Monday, 24th November 2008


FARA(A) is very excited to announce the approval of the very first clinical drug trial in Friedriech Ataxia in Australia.

A Deferiprone Phase II double blind trial will commence shortly under Associate Professor Martin Delatycki in Melbourne. Participants will be aged 7 to 17 years old, Australia wide. This is a very significant step for FA patients and their families, many of whom have been waiting many years for this important breakthrough.

The Australian site is part of an international,multi-centre, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled six month clinical trial. Other participating sites include Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and London, UK.

On behalf of FARA(A) and all FA families, we strongly encourage the Australian FA community to support our involvement in this international trial. The results of the trial will be crucial in moving us towards an effective treatment and cure for FA.

Should you or your family member be interested in participating in this trial, or if you would like further information, please contact Varlli Beetham our Executive Director on 03 8615 4808 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. as soon as possible

Yours sincerely,

Emeritus Professor Peter Rousch AM


Friedreich Ataxia Research Association (Australasia)

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The associations of patients and families Babel Family and the Asociación Granadina de la Ataxia de Friedreich (ASOGAF) channel 80,000 euros of their donations (50% from each organisation) into a new 18-month project at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). The project specifically aims to complete a step necessary in order to move towards a future frataxin replacement therapy for the brain, where the reduction of this protein causes the most damage in patients with Friedreich’s Ataxia.

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