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Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins

The Huntington’s Disease Clinic at Johns Hopkins has been listed as a Center of Excellence by the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) since the list was first published. In fact, it was the first Center so designated. We strive to balance excellent clinical care, research, and teaching with an expert team of physician/researchers, research professionals, social workers, and support staff.

Clinical and Teaching
Dr. Christopher Ross

Christopher Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, School of Medicine, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Director, Division of Neurobiology
Director, Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins
Co-Chair Scientific Affairs Committee, Huntington Study Group

Expertise: Adult Psychiatry, Huntington's Disease, Movement Disorders, Neuropsychiatric Complications of Movement Disorders, Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Neuropsychiatric disorders

Dr. Christopher Ross is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Cornell University School of Medicine and had clinical training in Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He then pursued post-doctoral work in the laboratories of Solomon Snyder at Johns Hopkins and Axel Ullrich at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsreid, Germany.

Dr. Ross’s lab focuses on the neurobiology and neurogenetics of neuropsychiatric disorders including Huntington’s disease (HD), Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and others. He is the director of the Huntington’s Disease Center at Johns Hopkins, one of the two NIH-funded centers for the study of HD in the United States. The research in the different groups in the center ranges from constructing cell and mouse models of HD to clinical and imaging studies of HD patients to clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents. He has sponsored trainees at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and junior faculty levels, and his former trainees have faculty positions in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Dr. Jee Bang

Jee Bang, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
Clinical Director, Huntington’s Disease Center at Johns Hopkins

Expertise: Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Ataxia, Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders, Corticobasal Degeneration, Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementias, Huntington's Disease

Dr. Jee Bang is the clinical director of the Johns Hopkins HDSA Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence. She cares for patients with disorders of cognition and movement, such as Huntington disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. She is passionate about and dedicated to working with HD patients as her career goal. She is actively leading patient care, and as a site PI for HD studies, she is greatly invested in participating in future multi-site trials.

Dr. Russell Margolis

Dr. Russel Margolis, M.D.

Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of General Neurobiology and Schizophrenia

Expertise: Adult Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Huntington's Disease, Huntington's Disease-Like 2, Mood Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences , Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 12

Research Interests: schizophrenia: genetics, pathogenesis, neuroimaging; Huntington's disease: pathogenesis, clinical trials; Huntington's disease-like 2; spinocerebellar ataxia type 12; RNA toxicity

Dr. Fred Nucifora

Dr. Frederick Nucifora, D.O., M.H.S, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Molecular Psychiatry Program

Expertise: Adult Psychiatry, Huntington's Disease, Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Schizophrenia

Research Interests: Molecular and biological pathways of psychiatric illnesse

Social Work
  • Kathy Carney Sacco, LCSW-C
    Social Worker
  • Kia Ultz, MA
    Sr. Research Program Coordinator II
  • Mollie Jenckes, MHSc, BSN
    Sr. Research Nurse
  • Jacqueline V. Bran, MA, MHS
    Research Program Coordinator
  • Marsha Buie
    CO Sr Medical Office Coordinator
  • Lee Ann Couteau
    Sr. Administrative Manager, Division of Neurobiology
  • Jacqueline V. Bran, MA, MHS
    Research Program Coordinator
Undergraduate Student Workers
  • Whitney Amanga
  • Samavia Khan
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