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Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 3

Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference 2016 - day 3

Dr Jeff Carroll on February 28, 2016

The third and final day of the 2016 Huntington's Disease Therapeutics Conference brings updates on cell replacement therapies including stem cells; and new ways to assess and model the progression of HD to help understand it and run crucial clinical trials.

Turning skin cells into brain cells: a Huntington's disease research breakthrough?

Turning skin cells into brain cells: a Huntington's disease research breakthrough?

Lakshini Mendis on November 27, 2014

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.

Jumping genes: Huntington's disease protein invades brain transplants

Jumping genes: Huntington's disease protein invades brain transplants

Dr Jeff Carroll on May 26, 2014

Huntington's disease is caused by the malfunctioning and early death of brain cells. Replacing those dead and dying cells with stem cells has long been a goal of some HD scientists. A new study investigates the long-term health of some of the earliest cell transplants into HD patient brains — and finds a surprising result.

Video: What’s new in Huntington's disease research 2012

Video: What’s new in Huntington's disease research 2012

Dr Ed Wild on October 10, 2012

Watch the video of Ed Wild's address to the European Huntington's Association annual meeting in September 2012, summarizing how therapies research works and explaining the most exciting ways researchers are trying to study and treat HD.

EuroBuzz Video: Day 2

EuroBuzz Video: Day 2

Dr Jeff Carroll on September 21, 2012

Jeff Carroll and Ed Wild present EuroBuzz episode 2 - bringing the European HD Network Meeting direct to you, in plain language. Watch online!

EuroBuzz News: Day 2

EuroBuzz News: Day 2

Dr Ed Wild on September 15, 2012

Our second daily report from the European Huntington’s Disease Network 2012 Meeting in Stockholm. Video of both EuroBuzz evening sessions will be available to watch on HDBuzz.net next week.

EuroBuzz News: Day 1

EuroBuzz News: Day 1

Dr Jeff Carroll on September 14, 2012

Our first daily report from the European Huntington’s Disease Network Meeting in Stockholm. Follow us live for the second day on Twitter or Facebook at HDBuzzFeed. Video of the day's live Euro Buzz session - with news, interviews and features - will be available to watch on HDBuzz.net soon.

'Induced' stem cells make exciting advances

'Induced' stem cells make exciting advances

Dr Jeff Carroll on July 06, 2012

Stem cells are a source of great excitement for patients suffering from illnesses caused by the death of cells in the body - like Huntington's disease. But the devil is in the details, and actually using these powerful cells to help HD patients is a complex problem. Now, two new studies have advanced stem cells as a tool for researchers, and prove that it is possible - in cells in a dish - to correct the mutation that causes HD.

Stem-cell neurons make the right connections

Stem-cell neurons make the right connections

Carly Desmond on April 13, 2012

New work suggests that neurons made from stem cells can replace adult neurons better than we thought – at least in mice whose brains have been injured with a toxin. How likely is this to help HD patients – is cell replacement possible in a more chronic condition?