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Dedicated to funding a cure for Huntington's Disease.


Robert Bishop
Introduction
HD family tree
Why I do this
Family photos

What is HD?
Definition
The HD secret
How many have HD
The cruelest illness

The HD nightmare
My experience
Other experiences

HD research
Hope for a cure
North America

How can I help?
Make a donation
Contact the media
Ask legislators...

News & events
Articles & stories
I need your help

Contact info
CureHD Foundation
CureHD sponsors
HD web sites
Other info

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There is HOPE for a cure...
There are two basic approaches to HD research (each migrating towards the other). The first approach is an effort to find out how the brain cell dies. Once this is known, scientists believe they can develop therapies to block or neutralize the effects of the mutant protein created by the defective gene. Most HD research is done at this level.
The second approach investigates how to rescue a dying cell (bypassing the need to know exactly how the cell dies in the first place). For example, there are hundreds of thousands of existing drug compounds (owned by large pharmaceutical companies) that could be examined.

Despite the lack of research funds, almost ten years ago scientists located the gene which causes HD and believe they are closing in on the cause of cell death. In fact, scientists are somewhat bullish about their ability to find a cure. Here's what one HD scientist in Italy wrote:

"We know how to reach the goal, but without your contribution we would not have the tools. Please continue to believe in our work and we will all be successful. Your presence and commitment give us energies, strength and desire to succeed. For you, first."