HD Human Biology Project- HDSA Research Fellowship

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 physiologically 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 facilitate the critical HD research that must be done to push the field closer to meeting our goal of identifying effective therapies to slow the progression or onset of HD.  To do so, HDSA has built upon the cornerstone of its care network – the 21 HDSA Centers of Excellence.  As the models of exemplary and comprehensive HD clinical care in the United States, these Centers are unique to the HD community.  They are valuable resources to HD families where patients are provided with a multidisciplinary approach to HD care and treatment. 

The HD Human Biology Project was launched in 2013 with the goal of fostering innovative research at the HDSA Centers of Excellence with the goal of better understanding the biology of Huntington’s disease as it occurs in humans. This year we reaffirm this goal.  In 2014, all funded HD Human Biology Projects still must incorporate a research collaboration with at least one HDSA Center of Excellence.

Today, we are proud to announce the 2014 call for new proposals for this program.

What is this project?

  • A one or two year grant mechanism to provide support for young scientists to work collaboratively with HDSA Centers of Excellence and their mentors.
  • Awards up to $75,000/year ($50,000 salary support and $25,000 research budget)

Who can apply?

  • Any young investigators (PhD and/or MDs) who are not yet independent.
  • Innovative ideas from non-scientists will also be accepted and encouraged.
  • Open to researchers from around the world.

Grants have been awarded for 2014. Please stay tuned for the 2015 program.

If you have additional questions, they can be directed to George Yohrling, PhD, HDSA Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at gyohrling@hdsa.org.