For Immediate Release
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Scientists working at Rush Medical College, University of Pittsburgh and
St. Mary’s College of California awarded fellowships to work on Huntington’s disease projects
New York, NY (April 21, 2015) — The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowships, a vital program to train the next-generation of scientists with research expertise in neurodegenerative disorders, especially Huntington’s disease. This year, a record number of applications from across the country were received. The HDSA Scientific Advisory Board carefully reviewed and scored the proposals using several criteria such as: the quality of the candidate’s academic achievements, mentoring plan for candidate, scientific rigor of the experimental design and feasibility to achieve significant deliverables in a short summer timeframe.
Three impressive students were selected as recipients of the 2015 Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowship:
HDSA established the Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowship program in 2005 in honor of Donald King who passed away in 2004. Don was a tireless advocate for HD families and served as HDSA’s Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2003. 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 secondly, to facilitate meaningful HD research to clarify the biological mechanisms underlying HD pathology.
Congratulations Patrick, Rogan and Brianna! We look forward to hearing about their promising research at upcoming HDSA meetings.
Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800)345-HDSA.