Welcome to the latest edition of HD Insights, timed for release at the HSG 2013 Annual Conference and Clinical Research Symposium in Charlotte, NC. HD Insights continues to bring the latest in HD research to the HD community, and we are grateful to the HSG, our sponsors, and our more than 1500 subscribers for their continuing support of this mission.
In this issue, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Dr. Ralf Reilmann, founder of the George Huntington Institute in Münster, Germany, and a longtime friend of the HSG. Dr. Reilmann shares the story of his new Institute and describes the most promising new therapies on the horizon for HD. For those who were unable to make it to Rio de Janeiro last month, Dr. Débora Maia brings us highlights from the 2013 World Congress on Huntington’s Disease. Dr. Lise Munsie gives us a roundup of current HD research in the lab, in the scanner, and in the clinic, and the HD Insights team updates you on HD clinical trials. We explore the current research on coenzyme Q10 in HD and PD, speaking with Drs. M. Flint Beal and Karl Kieburtz about their hopes for the ongoing 2CARE trial, and with Dr. Reilmann about the PREQUEL trial, the results of which will be presented at this year’s Clinical Research Symposium. Finally, PhD candidate Isaac Adanyeguh brings us the very latest from the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière (the Brain and Spine Institute) in Paris, where novel imaging techniques are helping to identify biomarkers of brain energy metabolism for use in clinical trials.
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Ray Dorsey, MD
Editor, HD INSIGHTS TM
HD DISCLOSURES: DR . DORSEY RECEIVES GRANT SUPPORT FROM LUNDBECK AND PRANA BIOTECHNOLOGY AND CONSULTS FOR AMGEN, LUNDBECK, AND MEDTRONIC.
Editorial Board Members
Ray Dorsey, MD — Editor, University of Rochester
Donald Kennedy, PhD — Stanford University
Nobuyuki Nukina, MD, PhD — Riken Brain Science Institute
Rodrigo Osorio — Agrupación Chilena de Huntington
Bernard Ravina, MD — Biogen Idec
Ralf Reilmann, MD, PhD — George Huntington Institute
Sarah Tabrizi, MBChB, PhD — University College London
Leslie Thompson, PhD — University of California Irvine
Huntington Study Group
Shari Kinel, JD — HSG Executive Director
Liz McCarthy, BA — HSG Administrative Manager
Isaac Adanyeguh, PhD Candidate
Débora P. Maia, MD L
Lise Munsie, PhD
Meredith Achey, BM — Deputy Editor
Robin Taylor — Production Editor
Martin Holmes — Technical Editor
Todd Bernhard — Copy Editor
Dave Kolko — Distribution Specialist