Ataxia UK, National Ataxia Foundation (NAF), Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and Ataxia Global Initiative (AGI) are partnering to host the International Congress for Ataxia Research (ICAR) 2024. It will be held November 12-15 in London (Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge).


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Overview of the program:

ICAR 2024 will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops and poster sessions. Plenary sessions will feature one invited speaker and talks selected from submitted abstracts. Following the success of ICAR 2022, the program will include a panel discussion with people affected by ataxia and an interactive debate session.  

A program for junior/trainee researchers is being organized by a Trainee Organizing Committee. The Scientific Steering Committee is currently planning the detailed program and calls for abstracts will be announced in February 2024. 

Satellite meetings organized independently of ICAR 2024 can also be arranged on request. For more information on organizing a satellite meeting please email Anastasia at ageorgousis@ataxia.org.uk 

If you are a patient organization and are interested in attending the Euro-ataxia conference which will take place directly following ICAR on 15-16th November 2024 contact us at conference@ataxia.org.uk 

Keynote speaker: 

Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Plenary sessions: 

Parallel sessions: 


A wide variety of workshops on specific topics will be held to appeal to researchers with different expertise and interests. These include: 

Clinical Grand Round session: 

If you are interested in being considered to present an ataxia case in the Grand round session, please register to attend ICAR and send a summary of the case to jgreenfield@ataxia.org.uk by 9th September. Responses will be given by September 16th. Ideally, the presentation would include, in addition to clinical descriptions and lab results, imaging and video of the case. We hope to select a variety of different cases for presentation at ICAR.

Scientific Steering Committee: 

Massimo Pandolfo, McGill University, Canada - Chair 

Marek Napierala, UT Southwestern, USA - Co-Chair 

Esther Becker, University of Oxford, UK 

Alexandra Durr, Sorbonne University Paris, France & AGI  

Jennifer Faber, DZNE Bonn, Germany 

Anoopum Gupta, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA 

Marios Hadjivassiliou, Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital, UK 

Luis Pereira Almeida, University of Coimbra, Portugal 

Julie Greenfield, Ataxia UK, UK 

Elisabetta Soragni, FARA, USA  

Lauren Moore, NAF, USA 


Trainee Organizing Committee: 

Laurie Kerkhof, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands 

Penina Ponger, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel 

Alexa Putka, University of Michigan, USA 

Thiago Rezende, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 

Jussi-Pekka Tolonen, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Finland 

Magda Matos Santana, University of Coimbra, Portugal 


Interested in becoming an ICAR Sponsor? Email Anastasia at ageorgousis@ataxia.org.uk