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HD Buzz

HDBuzz is a collaboration of scientists who write Huntington’s disease research news in plain language for the global HD community. They have allowed us to retrieve their articles for the NSW ACT Huntington’s community.

Westmead HD Outreach Service

The Outreach Service is part of a multidisciplinary team of medical, nursing and allied health services which provides review, intervention, treatment, case management, counselling, support, education and management of problems and issues associated with Huntington’s for patients, their families and carers. In addition to this care, the service has been involved in local and major international research studies since its establishment at Westmead Hospital in 1995. Hundreds of volunteers have generously participated in research to better understand the disease and in the search for effective treatments.

Westmead Hospital is a HSG Credential Research Site. Professor Clement Loy is the Principal Investigator for this site.

Global research collaboration

The Huntington Study Group (HSG) is the world’s first HD cooperative therapeutic research organization. Today, HSG is a world leader in facilitating high quality clinical research trials and studies that bring us closer to finding more effective treatments for HD and reducing the burden of HD for families affected by the disease.

HSG is an organization of compassionate professionals dedicated to finding treatments that make a difference, providing rigorous care initiatives, and improving the quality of life and outcomes for HD families. They bring together families, medical professionals, clinical researchers, HD advocacy groups, and sponsors to raise awareness of HD, share knowledge and best practices, and develop innovative treatments.

Enroll-HD

Enroll-HD is a clinical research platform and the world’s largest observational study for Huntington’s disease families. It is a resource for the entire HD community, including families, clinicians, researchers, advocates, and anyone else who has a connection to or an interest in HD.

Huntington’s Disease Network of Australia

The Huntington’s Disease Network of Australia (HDNA) is a project conceived by Professor Julie Stout of Monash University. Formed in 2020 to coordinate efforts that enhance care and services for HD and prepare for the advent of new HD treatments. The Map-HD Registry is for people in Australia who are affected by HD. All family members or people affected by HD are encouraged to register, whether or not they are at risk themselves.
 
 

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Two birds, one stone: HTT-lowering drugs also target CAG expansions

Published date: 21 May, 2024

Huntingtin (HTT)-lowering and somatic expansion have been two of the hottest topics in Huntington’s disease (HD) research in the past decade. Recent work from a team at Massachusetts General Hospital detailed a serendipitous overlap between the two – certain HTT-lowering drugs can also help regulate the ongoing CAG repeat expansion. Seemingly, this could allow researchers ... Read more

Hats off to brain donors on Brain Donation Awareness Day

Published date: 7 May, 2024

If you’re a frequent reader of HDBuzz, you may have noticed that our articles increasingly thank Huntington’s disease (HD) families for their generous and selfless brain donations. That’s because more and more research is making use of human brains, leading to a better understanding of HD in people. All of that is only possible because ... Read more

A sprinkling of good news for the treatment of HD chorea

Published date: 3 May, 2024

We wrote in August of 2023 about the US approval of a new drug to treat chorea, the movement symptoms of HD. That drug, valbenazine, commercially known as INGREZZA, has just been approved in a new format, one that can be added to soft foods. This news deserves a brief HDBuzz mention. Chorea control Valbenazine ... Read more

A new era for HDBuzz

Published date: 1 May, 2024

HDBuzz strives to be an honest and neutral source of information that Huntington’s disease (HD) families can turn to for trusted, unbiased reporting on research and clinical trial news. We’re honored to have become a global resource for the HD community over the years (14!) and we look forward to building upon the original mission ... Read more

How many is too many? Exploring the toxic CAG threshold in the Huntington’s disease brain

Published date: 21 April, 2024

Drug hunters have been particularly interested in the repeating C-A-G letters of genetic code that lead to Huntington’s disease (HD). The number of CAG repeats gets bigger in vulnerable brain cells over time and may hold the key for slowing or stopping HD. Many scientists have been asking what happens to HD symptoms if we ... Read more

Cry your eyes out: detecting huntingtin in tears

Published date: 10 April, 2024

A recently published collaboration between academic researchers and pharmaceutical companies was successful at detecting huntingtin in tears. The scientists were looking for a new, easy way to track Huntington’s disease (HD). If you don’t mind shedding a tear or two, they found it! Biomarkers – biological metrics in tune with disease progression Tracking disease progression ... Read more

The director’s cut: how CAG repeats change the editing of genetic messages

Published date: 26 March, 2024

Long repetitive sequences of C-A-G letters in the DNA code are associated with at least 12 genetic diseases, including Huntington’s disease (HD). A group of scientists in Massachusetts, USA, have recently developed a new genetic strategy to study how CAG repeats can lead to harmful proteins being made in cells, causing cells to become unhealthy. ... Read more

Understanding expansions at the single cell level

Published date: 12 March, 2024

In two recent studies, researchers looked at how different parts of the brain are affected by CAG expansions in Huntington’s disease (HD) at the level of individual brain cells. The scientists looked at post-mortem brains from people with and without HD to track molecular changes in different brain regions called the cortex and striatum. These ... Read more

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2024 – Day 3

Published date: 7 March, 2024

HDBuzz is back for the last day of the CHDI HD Therapeutics Conference: Thursday February 29th in Palm Springs, California. This article summarizes our real-time updates of the conference in community-friendly language. From genes to medicines The morning session will focus on how human genetics is driving the development of therapeutics. “Genetic modifiers” are genes ... Read more

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2024 – Day 2

Published date: 6 March, 2024

HDBuzz is back for Day 2 of the CHDI HD Therapeutics Conference: Wednesday February 28th in Palm Springs, California. This article summarizes our real-time updates of the conference in community-friendly language. It’s a brain disease This morning’s session is titled “It’s a brain disease” and will feature talks about BRAINSSSS! HD scientists are a bit ... Read more