Huntington disease

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Huntington disease

Synonyms: Huntington chorea

Huntington disease (HD) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by unwanted choreatic movements behavioral and psychiatric disturbances and dementia.

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Advocacy Organizations


Humanitarian organization providing medical and social assistance to families affected by Huntington's disease (HD) in Latin America. HD is a genetic disorder that affects the brain. Currently there are no effective treatments to prevent or slow progression of the disease. Even though HD is a rare disease, there are regions in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru with the highest incidence in the world.

Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization (HDYO)

The Huntington's Disease Youth Organization is an international non-profit supporting, educating, and empowering young people up to 35 years, impacted by Huntington's Disease (HD). Our aim is to provide a safe place to support, educate & empower young people & their families. We do this through a number of online and in-person resources.

HD Reach

HD Reach is working to improve the care and quality of life of those affected by Huntington’s disease. Founded as a nonprofit in 2009, we provide connections to medical providers, referrals to local services, care management, family support, education, and anonymous genetic testing.

Genetic Support Network of Victoria

The Genetic Support Network of Victoria is an organisation that supports people living with genetic, undiagnosed and rare conditions and those who support them including community and families, patient support organisations, health professionals and industry. Our vision is our community flourishing and living their best lives.

Clinical Trials

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