What HSG Means to Claudia

What does HSG mean to you?

testaWorking with top researchers on a common goal is exciting and rewarding. HSG means bringing accomplished research teams together into a smart, welcoming community – it’s motivating to be a part of that.

What’s the most meaningful aspect of working with HD patients?

The impact of HD on patients and families is clearly motivating to all who work in the field. I decided to take that question in a different direction. This is on our movement disorders center website: It didn’t take me long as a physician-scientist to realize that patients are my best teachers. I owe my entire approach to clinical care and clinical research to HD patients. From exploding my expectations on how people react to genetic information, to viewing clinical trials as collaborations between many stakeholders including patients, the things I’ve been privileged to learn from HD patients influence every day.

Claudia M Testa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, VCU Department of Neurology
Huntington Disease Program Director, VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center
Joan Massey Chair in Clinical Parkinson’s Disease