HD Human Biology Project- HDSA Research Fellowship

Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s 2015 HD Human Biology Project Now Accepting Applications

Despite the identification of the gene responsible for Huntington’s disease (HD) over 20 years ago, to date, there are no effective treatments available to patients to modify disease progression.  While the identification of the huntingtin gene led to an incredible number of useful animal models to help us better understand HD biology, the most relevant scientific observations that will guide the research community in the hunt for effective therapies for HD will be those that are recorded in HD patients. 

As a result, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has adopted a patient-centric research strategy to enable the critical HD projects to push the field closer to meeting our goal of identifying effective therapies to slow the progression or onset of HD. 

The HD Human Biology Project is the cornerstone of this strategy.  The Human Biology Project was launched in 2013 with the goal of fostering innovative research at the HDSA Centers of Excellence to better understanding the biology of Huntington’s disease as it occurs in humans. To date, HDSA has committed $1.4 million dollars to support this program.  Today, HDSA is proud to announce the 2015 request for new proposals for the Human Biology Project.

NEW FOR 2015: HDSA no longer requires that funded research proposals have a formal collaboration with one of HDSA’s 29 Centers of Excellence.  Applicants may propose to work with any HD clinic around the world.  However, if possible, HDSA encourages applicants to consider the HDSA Centers of Excellence as a potential collaborator for their research.   


What is this project?

  • A one or two year grant mechanism to provide support for young scientists to work collaboratively with HD Clinics from around the world
  • Awards up to $75,000/year ($50,000 salary support and $25,000 research budget)

Who can apply?

  • Open to researchers from around the world regardless of position/title
  • Preference given to young investigators (PhD and/or MDs) who are not yet independent
  • Innovative ideas from non-scientists will also be accepted and encouraged
  • Applications from for-profit institutions are welcome

For more detailed information, please see the Request for Proposal here.

To submit a Letter of Intent, please visit www.hdsa.org/reschloi

Additional questions can be directed to George Yohrling, PhD, HDSA Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at gyohrling@hdsa.org.