Huntington's disease (HD) is named after George Huntington, who described it among residents of East Hampton, Long Island in 1872.
The faculty and staff of the Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins welcome you! We are honored to have served generations of families with our comprehensive services.
Genetic Testing and Counseling
A blood test can determine whether or not an individual carries the gene for HD. This test can confirm a diagnosis or can serve as predictive test in individuals who are at risk for HD.
Clinical Evaluation and Care
Our multidisciplinary team works with patients and families to develop a personalized program of medical care.
Individuals, families and friends meet every month at the Johns Hopkins Huntington's Disease Support Group.
Clinical and Basic Research
We provide a wide range of opportunities for individuals and their families to participate in clinical research studies of Huntington's disease (HD).
Breakthroughs in Huntington's Disease Research
Huntington's Disease is Discovered
Discovery of HD Gene
In 1993, a collaborative group of investigators discovered the gene that causes HD. As a result of this discovery it is now possible to diagnose HD with blood or tissue samples.
The Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins, as part of a global network of clinicians and researchers, is working on a myriad of approaches to better treat HD.
#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Huntington Disease and Its Effects – Dr. Jee Bang
Dr. Jee Bang and her research team are currently running numerous clinical studies on Huntington’s disease. The studies involve testing new experimental drugs that treat symptoms, all while looking for new targets for therapeutics.
#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Studying Neurons of Huntington’s Disease – Dr. Christopher A. Ross
Dr. Christopher Ross and his lab are studying the complementary approach to treat Huntington’s disease by developing mouse models, which have progressive symptoms that are similar to those of patients.
Research at the Johns Hopkins Huntington's Disease Center
As part of our dedication to the family and individuals suffering from Huntington's disease (HD) we offer a number of research programs. These programs include a presymptomatic testing program, follow-up studies over time, neuroimaging research studies, and clinical trials. Laboratory research programs include basic studies of the biochemistry and cell biology of HD, and therapeutic studies in cell models and mouse models.