On Television

Ataxia patient Susan Wier takes part in physical therapy at USF
Ataxia Research
Ataxia is a group of debilitating neurological diseases that affects 150-thousand Americans, causing serious problems with movement, balance, speech and vision. This week's University Beat looks at the revolutionary treatment research being done at USF and tells you how you can help in the effort by taking part in a series of events, including a symposium and a fund-raising dinner, later this month.

On the Radio

Outside the new Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall
New USF Residence Hall

With the start of the school year just around the corner, the University of South Florida is opening the doors on its newest and largest residence hall. This week's University Beat takes you inside the Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall and shows you how it fits into USF officials' plan to help new students graduate within four years.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

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Video extras

Video from the grand opening of USF's Juniper-Poplar Residence Hall, as well as a tour of the new building.

Dr. Teresa Zesiewicz, the director of USF's Ataxia Research Center, talks about the work being done at the Center and some of the challenges doctors face in treating the disease.


Dr. Zesiewicz describes how patient Susan Wier has progressed thanks to the smoking cessation drug, Chantix.

A look at one of the tools USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences is using to help ataxia patients like Susan Wier.


For more information

Housing & Residential Education, USF Division of Student Affairs
E-mail: help@housing.usf.edu or 813-974-0001

Amber Miller, USF Ataxia Research Center (treatment and clinical trials/research)

Stephanie Amberg, First Annual FARA (Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance) Energy Ball & related events, August 27-29



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