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Date:  Saturday 13th April 2019
Time:  6.15 pm. Meet and greet from 5.30 pm.
Duration: 2 hours
Location: The Hilton Garden Hotel, Dublin Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, D01V9X5

Huntington’s Disease owes its name to the observations of three generations of a family of physicians working in New York in the 19th century. Father, son and grandson noted the particular symptoms of this hereditary neurodegenerative disease in multiple generations of an affected family attending their practice. The grandson George Huntington published the first English language paper in 1872, since then, physicians, researchers and family members have contributed to significant milestones in the quest to understand and treat HD. The identification of a specific HD gene (HTT) in 1993 provided an important platform for the work of today’s neuroscientists and researchers, including that of our keynote speaker G. Bernhard Landwehrmeyer MD, FRCP Full Professor of Neurology at Ulm University Hospital, Germany where the Central Coordination of the European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN) is situated. He was instrumental in founding EHDN in 2004 and served as Chair of the Executive Committee until 2014.  EHDN serves as a platform for professionals, people affected by HD, and their relatives to facilitate working together throughout Europe and conducts large prospective natural history studies in HD. Professor Landwehrmeyer served as Principal Investigator in numerous HD trials and is PI of the CHDI-sponsored Enroll-HD study https://www.enroll-hd.org/

Professor Orla Hardiman, HSE Clinical Lead in Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Trinity Biomedical Institute, TCD and Consultant Neurologist at Beaumont Hospital will discuss HD developments in Ireland. Professor Hardiman is a prominent advocate for neurological patients and highlights the need for the development of regional and national specialist centres for rare neurological conditions in Ireland.

Target audience: People impacted by Huntington’s disease (HD), neuroscience researchers, health professionals and anyone with an interest in the brain and brain disorders.

Contact for enquiries: Patricia Towey, Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland, E: info@huntingtons.ie.

This event is organised by the Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland – a national voluntary organisation providing information and support to people impacted by HD.

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