Cerebellar Ataxia

This page provides information on cerebellar ataxia for which most of it has been endorsed by ERN-RND members. It is structured as follows:

  • Definition
  • ERN-RND centres
  • Diagnosis
  • Care standards
  • Clinical studies & trials
  • Registries
  • Patient organisations
  • Study groups & networks
  • Useful links, training resources, evidence and publications
  • CPMS use case


Ataxia is derived from the Greek word meaning “lack of order”, and in neurology it refers to movements that are poorly organized and lack of coordination. The cerebellar ataxias are a group of heterogeneous disorders characterized by progressive ataxia due to degeneration of the cerebellum and its afferent and efferent pathways. Etiologic classification includes acquired forms of known causes, neurodegenerative forms of unknown origin, and a large number of inherited genetically determined forms (Mariotti, 2018).

ERN-RND centres

We provide the list of cerebellar ataxia centres, members of ERN-RND, as well as the contact details of medical experts.

See all ERN-RND centres


Care Standards

Clinical studies & trials

  • Clinical trials at ERN-RND centres
  • International clinical studies & trials


Patient organisations

Patient organisations are non-profit organisations which are patient-focused where patients and/or carers represent a majority of members in governing bodies (European Medicines Agency, 2014). Herewith, we provide a list of national and European patient organisations that work in the disease area that is covered by ERN-RND.

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Study Groups & networks

The listed disease networks and study groups are external networks and groups, which are leaders in the field of research for these disease groups. ERN-RND’s work is based on and complimentary to the work being done by these networks.

See all study groups and networks

Useful links, training resources, evidence and publications

References for the following literature are available:

  • Publications on medical management and pharmacological treatment, physical therapy and neurorehabilitative treatments, speech and communication
  • Consensus papers

See all useful links, training resources, evidence & publications

CPMS use case

We organise e-case meetings on ataxia  in order to train young neurologists and support cohort formation.

Find out more about the CPMS here