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June 2011 CHC of New England

Podcast- A Spotlight on Huntington's Disease Society of America

Free Video Podcast: A Spotlight on Huntington's Disease Society of America

Speaker: Dr. Madaline Harrison, Neurologist and Director of UVA HDSA Center of Excellence


Huntington's Disease – a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is no cure or treatment – slowly diminishes an affected individual's ability to walk, talk and reason. This disease affects young and old alike. Currently, one out of every 10,000 Americans has HD and approximately 200,000 Americans are at risk for developing the disease. The first step of moving toward developing an effective treatment is to understand how the disease works. One of those dedicated to advancing knowledge of HD is Dr. Madeline Harrison, Director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Center of Excellence at the University of Virginia. Dr. Harrison sat down with Community Health Charities to discuss the work HDSA is doing to fight the disease, the progress being made by those dedicated to HD research and a bill that HDSA is currently advocating to the U.S. Congress.


Be sure to watch this insightful interview with Dr. Harrison to learn more about HDSA and their efforts to bring hope to the lives of those with HD. Click here on June 15th to watch the free video podcast.


About HDSA

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is a national, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Huntington's Disease and their families. HDSA’s mission is to promote and support research and medical efforts to eradicate HD, assist people and families affected by HD to cope with the problems presented by the disease, and educate the public and health professionals about HD.


Through 12 HDSA regions, 38 volunteer-based chapters and affiliates, and 200+ support groups, HDSA reaches out across the nation to offer HD patients and their families guidance, encouragement, resource information and leadership opportunities. HDSA seeks to promote knowledge and awareness of HD through special events, meetings, seminars and advocacy programs in a comprehensive effort to work toward a cure. To learn more, please visit www.hdsa.org.