Putting it in print: GENERATION HD1 study results published

The outcomes of the GENERATION HD1 trial have just been published in a scientific journal, nearly three years after the study was halted. In March of 2021, the HD community was hit with the difficult news that the GENERATION HD1 study of Roche’s huntingtin-lowering drug, tominersen, faced a halt in dosing. Since then, the data […]

Beyond huntingtin lowering: out-of-the-box approaches for the treatment of HD

In recent years, HD research headlines have trended toward huntingtin lowering: experimental therapies that target the root genetic cause of HD. But there are also several drugs in development to treat HD that do not aim to lower huntingtin. Some of these are aimed at managing individual symptoms of HD, like managing involuntary movements, or […]

Getting to the Root of Huntington’s Disease: A Plant-Based Approach

Researchers studied a fragment of the Huntington’s disease (HD) protein in plants and found a new way to stop it from forming toxic clumps. A special plant protein that the team identified can prevent harmful buildup in plants as well as in some HD model systems, showing potential for this approach as a possible way […]

Could halting CAG expansions be a new treatment for HD?

A recent paper from a group at UMass Chan Medical School, spearheaded by Dr. Daniel O’Reilly and led by Dr. Anastasia Khvorova, used genetic strategies to lower a protein other than huntingtin. This time the researchers went after a gene called MSH3. This is a gene that’s been getting a lot of attention in Huntington’s […]

Tipping the balance; new insights into HD genetic modifiers

Genetic modifiers can influence when HD symptoms begin. Some of these genes encode for different types of molecular machines whose normal job is to repair our DNA when it is broken or damaged. A recently published study from scientists at Thomas Jefferson University uncovers details of how these molecular machines help repair damaged DNA structures […]