Dr. Subha Raman is one of Ohio State University's best and brightest researchers, in fact in 2010 Ohio State named Dr. Raman their Early Career Investigator Of The Year.
Recently Dr. Raman has proven to be one of FARA's most valuable assets as well. In 2008 Subha received a Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award (KBTRA) to begin her research into the FA heart through Cardiac MRI (the funds for the KBTRA come from Ride Ataxia events!). Dr. Raman's paper (Impaired myocardial perfusion and fibrosis in Friedreich's ataxia: a mitochondrial cardiomyopathy with metabolic syndrome) was recently published in the European Heart Journal and she has applied for more funding from the National Institutes of Health so she can expand her study to include more patients. The goal is to make Dr. Raman's techniques part of the standard care protocol for all FA patients. We could not be more proud of the work Dr. Raman is doing. This is a great example of the power of FARA and Ride Ataxia.
It is known that heart complications (cardiomyopathy) are the leading cause of death for FA patients. Dr. Raman's research aims to catch heart problems early before they become life threatening using a cardiac MRI which can take very clear images of the heart so they can be...I'll just let her tell you: