11th of December will probably go into history along with the discovery of the Huntington gene in 1993. It was the day IONIS Pharmaceuticals announced the results from the first Huntingtin lowering trial in humans. The result exceeded all expectations. “I almost cried when I got the results,” Astri Arnesen the President of EHA, stated.
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When the groundbreaking results of the Huntingtin lowering trial was announced, the European Huntington Association travelled to Basel. Here Astri Arnesen and Svein Olaf Olsen met Roche Pharmaceuticals, the company that have been taking over the next phase of the trial. Here you can watch a interview about the trip with EHA’s president Astri Arnesen.
What is it?
Dr. Sarah Tabrizi and her team is spearheading a major effort to develop and test new disease-modifying therapies for HD. One year ago we sat down and talked with her about Huntingtin lowering. At that time the IONIS-HTTRx trial in humans was halfway through and the groundbreaking results was not yet known.
Here is a interview with Sarah Tabrizi, first published in Spring 2016 issue of Enroll!
Taking part in HD history
During our conference in Sofia we sat down and talked with Dr. Ralf Reilmann. Dr. Reilmann is neurologist and the founder of George Huntington Institute in Münster. He is involved in most of the clincial trials in HD in Europe and talked to us about the importance of participating.
News from Therapeautics Confernce
In this video ‘Postcard from Palm Springs 2016’, HD family advocate and former NBC reporter Charles Sabine presents highlights from CHDI’s 11th Annual Disease Therapeautics Conference, a Forum for Drug Discovery and Development which ran from February 22nd to 25th 2016 in Palm Springs California. The message is overwhelmingly positive; a ‘new age of hope is dawning’.
Here you can find the video subtitled in Greek, Polish, Russian, Italian, French, Arabic, German, Spanish, Romanian, Finnish and Dutch.
Hope for the future
Prof. Georg Bernhard Landwehrmeyer is a professor of neurology (clinical neurobiology) at Ulm University in the department of neurology where the central coordination of the European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN) is situated. Prof Landwehrmeyer was instrumental in founding EHDN in 2004. He has served as principal investigator in several Huntington’s disease trials and is the principal investigator of Enroll-HD study, a longitudinal observational study on Huntington’s disease.
GENETIC TESTING AND AVAILABLE TREATMENT
Prof. Dr. med Jean-Marc Burgunder works in Switzerland. He studied neurology at the University of Bern and in 1999 he was appointed titular professor. Dr. Burgunder then served as a medical professor at the University of Singapore from 2002 to 2004. On his return, he established himself in Bern, where he teach, conduct research and work with genetic counselling.