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 iconSingle protein may hold secret to treating Parkinson's disease and more1/20/2017
 New details about a key cellular protein could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, and ...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconHuntington's disease linked to dysfunction of brain structure1/20/2017
 Scientists have identified a link between Huntington's disease and dysfunction of the subthalamic nucleus, a component of the basal ganglia, a group o...Read More

At Risk for HD Blog


  Outline bulletpoint iconThis Thanksgiving, let’s show gratitude for disease researchers and drug hunters11/22/2016
 This Thanksgiving, let’s pause to show gratitude for the many researchers and drug developers in America and around the world who strive to treat dise...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint icon‘Crying a few million tears’ for the fallen victims of Huntington’s disease11/9/2016
 Huntington’s disease relentlessly attacks the brains of its victims and in other ways wearies many of us involved: advocates, caregivers, gene carrier...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconIonis Phase I Huntington’s disease trial at halfway mark: ‘No surprises so far’ means good news10/19/2016
 At its halfway mark, Ionis Pharmaceuticals' historic Huntington’s disease Phase 1 gene-silencing clinical trial is on track to finish as scheduled in ...Read More

HDBuzz News


  Outline bulletpoint iconTreasure your exceptions - using outliers to understand Huntington's disease onset and progression1/12/2017
 Researchers have long known that patients with a greater number of CAG repeats in their HD gene tend to display motor symptoms sooner than those with ...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconA powerful message: does a toxic RNA message molecule cause harm in Huntington's disease?12/30/2016
 Researchers have long believed that the Huntington's disease gene causes problems by telling cells to make a harmful protein. Intriguing new anim...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 Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, PhD, at (858) 249-0568 or jcoreybloom@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
9444 Medical Center Dr., Suite 1-100
La Jolla, CA 92037

Tel: (858) 249-0568
Fax: (858) 249-0573

HDSA Center of Excellence