Welcome to the HDCRC

Our mission is to provide quality HD care, services, and education to patients, families, and community professionals; to increase awareness of HD in entire communities; and to conduct research contributing to future treatments or cures.

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ScienceDaily News 

  Outline bulletpoint iconPolyglutamine repeats play key role in functional development of cells9/1/2015
 Variable polyglutamine repeats in the DNA tune the function of the protein in which they reside, scientists report. To date, these repeats were known ...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconScientists adopt new strategy to find Huntington's disease therapies9/1/2015
 Scientists searched the chromosomes of more than 4,000 Huntington's disease patients and found that DNA repair genes may determine when the neurologic...Read More

At Risk for HD Blog


  Outline bulletpoint iconReinforcing the global fight against Huntington’s disease: a visit to Brazil and a reminder of our common struggles8/15/2015
 The global cooperation necessary to defeat Huntington’s disease requires the bridging of cultural divides. It entails recognition of each country’s un...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconIsis Pharmaceuticals launches historic clinical trial to silence Huntington’s disease gene7/24/2015
 Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Carlsbad, CA, has launched its long-awaited clinical trial to test a drug designed to attack Huntington’s disease...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconUnraveling the mysteries of the mitochondria in Huntington’s disease – and getting fast, clear, and useful results from research studies6/30/2015
 In the collaborative quest for Huntington’s disease treatments, deepening affected families’ understanding of the key scientific challenges is vital. ...Read More

HDBuzz News


  Outline bulletpoint iconHuge study reveals new 'genetic modifiers' of Huntington's disease7/31/2015
 Even though every patient with Huntington's Disease has a mutation in the same gene, the age at which HD patients develop symptoms varies widely. ...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconWould ewe believe it? GM1, sheep and Huntington's disease7/28/2015
 It takes a lot of research to decide whether a new treatment is ready to test in humans. A few years ago, we reported that a 'brain fat' calle...Read More

Our Services 

Medical Services

The GHPP Clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of persons affected with HD. The team includes neurologists, a psychiatrist, clinical nurse specialist, neuropsychologists, a social worker, center coordinator, and dietician. Clinic visits include complementary scheduling for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and swallowing evaluations, mobility equipment referrals, and other recurring services.

Family and Caregiver Support

The HDCRC provides services that address issues relating to the care of someone with HD. Assistance may include: general information and referrals, providing education and educational materials, support groups, genetic counseling, placement issues, in-service trainings in care facilities upon request of family member or care facility.

Genetic Testing and Counseling

The HDCRC assists individuals at-risk for inheriting HD, who have made a decision to be tested or are contemplating being tested for the HD gene mutation. Individuals are screened and counseled for issues such as: ability to cope with positive or negative results, relationships with family and friends, insurance planning, marriage and/or family planning, legal issues, career decisions, and support system.

Professional and Community Outreach

The goals of our professional education program are to expose healthcare professionals, police officers, school counselors, social workers, and other community members to a multidisciplinary approach to the care and needs of HD patients, to broaden their perspective, and to make them aware of the problems in caring for patients with HD, which lie outside of their traditional fields. Consultation and educational opportunities are provided to community professionals caring for patients and families affected by HD.

Research

The HDCRC is active in clinical HD research. Participants include those affected with HD, individuals at-risk for HD, family members or friends, and volunteer research subjects. Studies include clinical drug trials, observational trials, neuropsychological studies, and genetic research.

Our Center News 

UCSD Named Center of Excellence

UC San Diego is one of only 29 centers nationwide to receive prestigious designation, which recognizes centers for their elite multidisciplinary approach to Huntington's disease care and research.

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First Laquinimod Patient Enrolled

UC San Diego enrolls the world’s first patient in the LEGATO-HD trial, which explores an investigational multiple sclerosis drug for its potential to improve Huntington’s disease.

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Clinical Trials


Please contact Andrew Herndon at (858) 246-1254 or arherndon@ucsd.edu to confirm clinical trial or study availability and/or to get further information about current trials or studies.

Huntington's Disease


 

Our Location


Huntington's Disease Clinical Research Center
at the Shiley-Marcos ADRC
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., Suite C129 (Building C)
La Jolla, CA 92037

Tel: (858) 246-1254
Fax: (858) 246-1283

HDSA Center of Excellence