Meet the Next Generation
As the 25th anniversary of the identification of the genetic expansion responsible for HD approaches, a new generation of HD researchers is emerging. Scientists, investigators, and clinicians from diverse professional backgrounds have come together to apply their expertise to the study of HD biology and therapeutic development. HD Insights interviewed six of these next-generation HD researchers who have been invited by the Huntington Study Group (HSG) to attend the 2015 HSG annual meeting. We bring you their backgrounds, their current work, and their vision for the future of HD research in this edition.
They come from all over the world, bringing experience in nursing, engineering, mathematics, and the biological sciences. Their research has been recognized as particularly promising by the HD research community. Three of them represent the inaugural group of HSG Shoulson Scholars, recognized as outstanding junior investigators with promising futures in HD research. The others are among those recognized by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) as HD Human Biology Project Fellows. The HDSA HD Human Biology Project was launched in 2013 to fund research that advances understanding of the biology of HD in human patients. Together with the winners of the second annual HD Insights of the Year competition, these individuals represent the promise of future HD research and therapeutic development. We hope that the brief profiles presented here will be the first of many opportunities they will have to share their excellent work and their service to the HD research community.
Source: HD Insights