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 iconPotential therapeutic target for Huntington's disease8/23/2016
 There is new hope in the fight against Huntington's disease. Scientists have discovered that changing a specific part of the huntingtin protein preven...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconHD monkeys display full spectrum of symptoms seen in humans8/23/2016
 Transgenic Huntington's disease monkeys display a full spectrum of symptoms resembling the human disease, strengthening the case that they could be us...Read More

At Risk for HD Blog


  Outline bulletpoint iconUpbeat Huntington’s disease film, featuring undaunted family, aims for 10 million viewers 5/25/2016
 The Longest Journey – a new feature-length documentary film about Huntington’s disease – portrays the undaunted Shaffer family in an epic battle....Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconA family united against Huntington’s disease5/9/2016
 The overwhelming challenges of Huntington’s disease frequently provoke serious conflict – even splits – within families. The genetic nature of HD, the...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconFrom sheepish to self-assured in the fight against Huntington’s disease4/15/2016
 Occasionally some readers of this blog have told me that, in comparison with their own travails, it seems that I cope well with living at risk for Hun...Read More

HDBuzz News


  Outline bulletpoint iconDeutetrabenazine for Huntington's disease: a positive trial but the FDA says no? Not exactly...8/16/2016
 A scientific paper declares positive results for a trial of deutetrabenazine in Huntington's disease, but the headlines report the FDA has rejecte...Read More

  Outline bulletpoint iconA support system gone wrong - glial cells contribute to HD symptoms8/2/2016
 A new piece of research has implicated a type of brain cells called glia in the development of HD symptoms. Regular mice injected with glial cells car...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) 246-1254 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
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