Our Chairman, Christopher M. Gomez MD PhD, has worked in the field of genetic disorders of the neuromuscular junction (congenital myasthenic syndromes) and cerebellum for more than 25 years. Dr. Gomez’s long term goals are to help characterize the pathogenic mechanisms that cause ataxia, develop treatments and to identify disease and stage-specific biomarkers of ataxia.
Dr. Gomez established The University of Chicago Ataxia Center in 2006 as a specialty clinic and research center devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ataxias, and as focal points for translational and clinical research. Dr. Gomez has over 20 years of expertise in the evaluation and treatment of patients with diverse forms of degenerative ataxia.
In January 2006 Dr. Gomez assumed the role of Chairman for the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago and later that year assembled a team of specialists needed to establish the new University of Chicago Ataxia Center.