SCAsource Turns 6 Months Old!

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the SCAsource website launch. A big thank you to all who have read our posts and have come back for more! It is really exciting to see SCAsource grow from an idea shared between colleagues to an actual website that people read.

chocolate cupcake with "Happy Anniversary" topper in front to sign which says "Happy Six Month Anniversary SCAsource!"
Celebratory cupcake purchased to mark the six month anniversary of the SCAsource website. It was very delicious.

Another thank you to all our volunteers who help to write, edit, and proofread content for the site. SCAsource wouldn’t be possible without your help.

We are looking forward to seeing how SCAsource continues to grow over the next few months and years. Today though, we are excited to celebrate what we have done and are happy to announce a brand-new type of article we will be testing out.

Over the past few months, we’ve had some messages from readers asking us specific questions such as: What is DNA? What are clinical trials? What are Purkinje cells? Inspired by these questions, we are excited to announce SCAsource Snapshots.

SCAsource Snapshot logo with a camera "snapping" a picture
The new logo of SCAsource Snapshots

Snapshots are short entries on a single scientific concept or topic. They’ll explain what a topic is and how it ties into ataxia research. We have 12 topics lined up based on your suggestions to try out this new style. Snapshots will be uploaded every other week starting next Friday, April 5. Please let us know what you think!

Welcome to SCAsource!

About six months ago, scientists from all over the world converged on the 2018 Ataxia Investigators Meeting. Colleagues and students discussed the latest advancements in ataxia research. Researchers were able to connect with patients and families, letting them know what progress was being made.

Some of the discussion between trainees at this meeting highlighted how great it was to be able to speak with patients and let them know what was happening in the lab. It was unfortunate that this opportunity only happened every two years.

It was at this meeting where the idea for SCAsource was born: a website where scientific articles on SCAs and related ataxias would be translated into plain language that anyone would be able to understand.

Road stretching out into the distance
The journey begins. Photo by Nextvoyage on Pexels.com

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