Presentation to Founders of Ataxia Society

IICN Presentation to Founders of Ataxia Society

Irish Institute of Clinical Neurosciences (IICN)

This year, the Irish Institute of Clinical Neurosciences (IICN) decided to inaugurate the presentation of an annual certificate of appreciation to a non-medical person or persons for their work in a neurological field.

The first recipients were Tim and Clare Creedon, who founded The Friedreich's Ataxia Society, as it was then known, more than 35 years ago and have been deeply involved ever since. They selflessly dedicated their lives to the Society in an extraordinary way, initially turning their home into an office to run the society. Over the years they kept a database of families affected with ataxia; raised money to support affected families; encouraged research and sponsored several research registrars; collaborated with other ataxic groups throughout the world and supported research by some of these groups. Through the society, they were involved in the search in the early 90s for the gene that causes Friedreich's Ataxia.

With further genetic unravelling of the various ataxias, the name of the society was changed to Ataxia Ireland, which now continues to do all the things that Tim and Clare had the foresight to start when ataxia tragically hit their own family. It was with great appreciation of their total dedication and long service to the neurological community that Dr. Murphy, the Dean, presented them with the certificate on behalf of the IICN.

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