In the past few years, Huntington’s Disease of Society of America (HDSA) has been offering online support groups for those struggling with Huntington’s disease (HD) or living at risk. I think it’s a great service to offer because not everyone in the U.S. has access to a support group close to their home. HD is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder that is like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers at the same time. There is NO CURE. http://www.hdsa.org
Melissa Billardi, HD advocate, Founder, President, CEO of HD Support & Care Network, offers a weekly call insupport type group. It is on Thursdays on See Me HD Group Call at 1:00 pm PT/4:00 pm ET Join from computer:https://PMDAlliance.zoom.us/j/769346544
Or Telephone: Dial: +1-408-638-0968 (US Toll) Or +1-646-558-8656 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 769 346 544
Melissa’s Facebook page and HD Support & Care Network website:
The UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Clinic is recognized as a Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence for their expertise in clinical care for Huntington’s disease patients. The Huntington’s Disease Clinic is one of the largest in the country and the only Level 1 Center of Excellence in Northern California. It is led by UC Davis faculty members in the Department of Neurology. In addition to clinical care, patients also have access to emerging new treatments through clinical trials. Please click on https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/huntingtons/ to see the full website.
The UCD Center of Excellence (COE) offers anonymous testing which most COE’s don’t have available to their patients. John was tested in January 2017 and we tested anonymously; John was just a number and the bills were addressed to the number. It reassured us that if his test was positive, it was not, that our kids would not be linked to his file.
The Huntington Study Group (HSG) is a proven world leader in facilitating high-quality clinical research trials and studies in Huntington disease (HD). Here is a great website for current information on HD. http://huntingtonstudygroup.org/about/
HSGroups have the first and largest HD clinical research network of over 400 active and compassionate investigators, coordinators, scientists and HD experts at over 100 HSG Credentialed Research Sites http://huntingtonstudygroup.org/find-an-hsg-research-site/hsg-credentialed-research-sites/ across the globe dedicated to seeking treatments that make a difference and improving the quality of life and outcomes for families affected by HD. In addition to this vast clinical network we collaborate with industry, government and foundation sponsors, CROs and HD advocacy and community partners.