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HD Webinar Series

Introduction to Huntington's Disease Webinar
Appointments

Phone: 860-679-4441

Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address:
Huntington's Disease Program
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Dowling North, Second Floor
Farmington, CT 06030-6204

Cost: Consultation and assessments are free of charge to Connecticut residents.

Huntington’s Disease Caregiver Support Group

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please contact Bonnie L. Hennig at 860-679-4063 or 860-679-4441 for more information or to register.

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Huntington's Disease Program

Huntington's Disease Program

Huntington's Disease (HD) is an inherited progressive brain disorder whose symptoms are caused by the loss of cells in a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. The damage to these cells affects a person's emotional control, cognitive ability (thinking, judgment, memory) and movement. Symptoms of HD vary greatly from person to person and usually appear between the ages of 30 and 50. However, the disease can strike young children (called juvenile HD) and the elderly. HD can affect males and females of all races all over the world. Common features of HD can be broken down into three categories:

  • Emotional/Behavioral Symptoms
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Symptoms
  • Motor Symptoms.

Currently there is no cure for HD, and eventually it is fatal. Symptoms of the disease, however, can be treated with medication and behavioral therapy. In 1993 the gene that causes HD was found. Since then, scientists have been actively searching for treatments to slow down and/or cure HD.

Mission

The mission of the Huntington's Disease Program of UConn Health is to provide care, treatment and education to patients with HD and their families. Persons eligible include Connecticut residents who have or are at risk for HD and their family members. The HD Program is also charged with being an educational resource to health services throughout the state of Connecticut.

Brochure

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