Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder caused by an abnormal gene. It affects the nervous system and causes problems in muscle coordination as well as mental problems that include attention, memory, use and understanding of language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, as well as mental and emotional disability.
Feinstein Institute researchers are using novel imaging methods to identify abnormalities in the brain of those genetically at risk for Huntington’s disease. They also use these imaging methods to learn more about the disease even before a patient experiences any symptoms. In addition, they are conducting clinical trials of new therapies for Huntington’s disease.