The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center

What is BAARC?

The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) at the University of Minnesota supports award-winning clinicians and researchers searching for viable treatments for ataxia. It funds a comprehensive program for basic science research, clinical studies, and education in the disease of the nervous system that causes ataxia and related disorders. BAARC is an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Foundation.





By the numbers

  • 27 years in existence
  • 6,300+ donors
  • $8,772,223 raised 
  • More than $580,000 provided to the U of M Ataxia Clinic
  • $2,661,334 granted to U researchers through BAARC
  • Nearly $32 million in National Institutes of Health grants attracted by BAARC-funded studies
  • 330+ volunteers
  • 17 years partnering with the Minnesota Twins
  • 11,000+ event attendees

Board of Directors

The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) Board of Directors is an advisory board; BAARC is subject to the University of Minnesota Foundation’s overall authority. 

  • Brian Kraft, Chair
  • Chuck Lynch, Vice Chair
  • Ryan Green, Secretary
  • Robert (Mark) Allison, Chair Emeritus
  • Betty Allison Kaplan
  • Ryan Anderson
  • Patty Beadle
  • Lizzy Beghelli
  • Bob Borgstrom
  • Brittany Bradley
  • Dick Bremer
  • Jim Ciecierski
  • Jennifer Crowder
  • Todd Frigstad
  • Bill Gray
  • John Marcotte
  • David Plimpton
  • Ann Rest

Ex-Officio Board Members:

  • Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Khala Bushara, M.D.
  • Harry T. Orr, Ph.D.

Contact us

Sarah Gleason
Development Officer

To support ataxia research

Give online or a send check with “Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center Fund” in the memo to:

University of Minnesota Foundation
PO Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266

For medical appointments

To make an appointment or for medical information, please visit the University of Minnesota Ataxia Center or call 612-626-6688.