Ann Little (AL): Alistair, congratulations on winning an EFNA Neurology Advocacy Award in the Patient Advocate category. Can you tell us when, how and why you became involved in patient advocacy? Alistair Newton (AN): Thank you. It is an honour to have been chosen for this award, especially as I was part of the 'core' team of the EFNA Board during its formation and through its first decade. In turn, I congratulate the current EFNA leadership on its successes and excellent development since then.
EFNA Neurology Advocacy Award
Ann Little: Prof Giunti, congratulations for winning the 2016 EFNA Neurology Advocacy Award for Health Professional. Your work in advocating for ataxia patients is highly commended. Could you briefly explain to us the main concept behind your Ataxia Centre in London, which has been put forward as an example of best clinical practice? Paola Giunti: I established the Specialist Ataxia Centre in London over 10 years ago to address my patients’ needs. The ataxias are rare complex disorders, the majority of which are truly multi-systemic with a number of extra-cerebellar symptoms requiring multi-specialist care.