Huntington’s disease research news. In plain language. Written by scientists. For the global HD community.
Scientists can now reprogram human skin cells to make working cells that resemble 'medium spiny neurons', the type of brain cell that is most affected early in Huntington's disease. We're still a long way off from being able to replace the brain cells that are being lost in HD, but this research is an important step down that path, and is a great tool to study HD.
A new clinical trial just announced for 2015 aims to test a “huntingtin lowering” therapy, called an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO), that attacks mutant huntingtin directly. We’re extremely excited—it’s the first-ever human HD trial to fight HD at the root of the problem, and has shown great promise in animal models. What’s the scoop?
CREST-E, the largest clinical trial of the dietary supplement creatine, has been terminated early because an early analysis of the results to date showed there was no realistic chance it could show positive results. This provides compelling evidence that creatine doesn't slow down progression in Huntington's disease patients.
New work in brain diseases like Alzheimer's suggests that brain cells called neurons might be 'catching' the sickness from their neighbors. A recently published paper suggests that, in very specific lab conditions, this might also happen in Huntington's disease. What does this mean for what we know about HD, and how to treat it?
We present the video of Ed and Jeff's review of first day's science at the European HD Network meeting in Barcelona.
Ed and Jeff present the second day's science at the EHDN meeting in Barcelona. Features a clinical trials roundup, an exclusive interview with Prof Sarah Tabrizi about the first trial of a huntingtin lowering 'gene silencing' drug, and a surprise for EHDN president Prof Bernhard Landwehrmeyer.
Many people with Huntington's disease have problems sleeping. Sleep-wake cycles are controlled in part by melatonin, a hormone that makes you drowsy at bedtime. Scientists in London measured melatonin levels in HD patients, gene carriers, and unaffected individuals and found changes in the levels and timing of melatonin release. This could help to explain the sleep disruptions that occur in HD.
Our final report from the European HD Network meeting. For the first time, video of many presentations, including our 'EuroBuzz' sessions will be made available online shortly.
Here's Ed and Jeff's live Twitter report from the second day of the EHDN 2014 meeting. Our final report will be tomorrow, and we'll be uploading video of our onstage roundup sessions soon.