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The Ataxia Center

The Ataxia Center at Johns Hopkins offers a multidisciplinary approach to the identification and treatment of cerebellar ataxia. The center was initiated through the generosity of a private donation from the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation, and with the support of the National Ataxia Foundation.

Neurologists familiar with the nuances of these disorders work with speech therapists, swallowing experts, physical and occupational therapists as well as genetic counselors, ophthalmologists and psychiatrists to see the patient as a whole person. Many patients have been told by others that ataxia is untreatable, while we know that with the right adaptive devices, the right advice, the judicious use of medications, proper exercise and with patient and caregiver education we are able to substantially improve the quality of life for our patients.

Our center also serves as a clearinghouse for information, and a way to get involved in scientific studies in our quest to better understand and treat ataxia. Another mission is public and physician education. We have programs that involve students at many educational levels from undergraduates to clinical trainees who learn from our experts and perhaps, more importantly, from our patients.

At Johns Hopkins our mission is to care for patients, to educate, and to make scientific advances in the fight against disease. Our center strives to do all three. If you or a loved one has ataxia, please consider contacting us for more information. Our dedicated coordinator is eager to help you, and can be reached at 410-955-4894.

Read more about ataxia in our Health Library.

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To request an appointment, please contact the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at 410-502-0133.
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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