Natalia Pessoa Rocha, PhD, PharmD

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Dr. Erin Furr-Stimming

Olfactory dysfunction and clinical correlates in patients with Huntington’s disease

It’s common for people with brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to lose their sense of smell prior to developing debilitating symptoms. This may be the case for HD as well, but most data arise from animal studies. Dr. Pessoa Rocha will work with Dr. Erin Furr-Stimming to execute this clinical pilot that examining sense of smell over time in people with HD, alongside other clinical measurements. The main aim is to determine whether declining sense of smell tracks with the progression of HD.