Louise Vetter, President and CEO of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, discusses the unique relationship Huntington disease families and researchers have. 

Huntington disease is an inherited, neurodegenerative disorder that usually begins to be symptomatic starting at around 40 years of age. Persons with Huntington disease suffer from a progressive movement disorder, cognitive decline, psychiatric disturbances, and behavioral symptoms. All symptoms progress which eventually leads to immobility, dementia, and premature death.

As Ms. Vetter explains, the Huntington disease community is unique in the closeness of its families and clinicians. This is important as it gives clinicians and researchers a better understanding of this multifaceted disease and it allows patients to become familiar with the current research landscape. 

To learn more about Huntington disease and other rare genetic disorders, visit checkrare.com/diseases/genetics