The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowships, a vital program to train the next-generation of scientists with research expertise in Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease (HD) is a rare, hereditary neurodegenerative disorder currently affecting approximately 41,000 Americans. More About HD
The purpose of this fellowship program is two-fold. First, to attract the brightest young scientists into the field of Huntington’s disease research; and second, to facilitate meaningful HD research to clarify the biological mechanisms underlying HD pathology.
- Ratnesh Kesineni (University of Central Florida) will be mentored by former HDSA Human Biology Fellow Dr. Amber Southwell and will explore a potential link between biological age and aggregation of misfolded mutant huntingtin (mHTT) for potential therapeutic targeting.
- Russell Wells (Whitworth University) will work with Michael Sardinia, PhD, DVM, to study the effects of dihexa, a small molecule that has previously shown positive effects in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease models, for the treatment of Huntington’s disease phenotypes in mice models.
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