Welcome to the HDCRC

The Huntington's Disease Clinical Research Center (HDCRC) is dedicated to serving the needs of those affected by Huntington's disease (HD). 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 iconHuntington's disease: Therapeutic potential of triheptanoin confirmed1/28/2015
 The therapeutic potential of triheptanoin in 10 patients with Huntington's disease has been demonstrated by researchers. Huntington's disease is a gen...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconSynthetic oil drug may bring promise for Huntington’s disease1/28/2015
 A synthetic triglyceride oil called triheptanoin may provide hope for people with Huntington’s disease, an early study suggests.

At Risk for HD Blog

  Outline bulletpoint iconFighting – and writing – to stay healthy: ten years of 'At Risk for Huntington’s Disease'1/10/2015
 Ten years ago today, I launched this blog to explore the depths of living at risk for Huntington’s disease and to unburden myself of the fear of its i...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconPolice killing of man with Huntington’s disease spotlights need for affected families to emphasize proactive, dignified approach1/6/2015
 The shooting death of a Philadelphia-area man apparently suffering from Huntington’s disease, which perhaps led him to try to run over police officers...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconSix cool L.A. ladies ‘bare the truth’ about Huntington’s disease, highlighting an exceptionally creative year for advocacy12/23/2014
 From a pie-in-the-face challenge to documentaries to a plan to light up Chicago in blue, Huntington’s disease activists rose to new creativity in 2014...Read More

HDBuzz News

  Outline bulletpoint iconmTORC1 tips the scales in Huntington’s disease mice1/27/2015
 What happens when you have a broken part in a machine? You fix it! A new study shows that increasing the activity a critical piece of machinery called...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconCan this synthetic oil help feed the brain in Huntington's disease?1/15/2015
 The brains of Huntington's disease patients seem to have problems making enough energy. Giving brains an energy boost might help with HD, but get...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.


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.

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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 specific trials or studies.

See a list of current clinical trials.

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

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