Gaining new knowledge about Huntington's disease is a critically important part of developing more effective treatments for HD and ultimately finding a cure. The way we discover this new knowledge is through clinical trials and other research studies.
Our researchers at the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis belong to an international consortium of investigators who work collaboratively on HD clinical trials and other studies. Additionally, under the direction of Drs. Vicki Wheelock and Jan Nolta, the UC Davis team is pioneering new therapies in cellular science in the field of Huntington’s disease.
There are many different kinds of clinical research studies. For instance, clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of experimental treatments, and observational studies help us better understand the disease or its progression. Every study or trial at UC Davis follows a protocol that serves as a road map to show what the study is about, explaining exactly why we are doing it and describing every step that's involved.
This research cannot take place without the generous help of our clinical study volunteers. Their participation is essential in helping us to better understand and discover meaningful new treatments for HD. Not everyone is able or willing to participate in clinical studies, but for more than 20 years HD patients and families have generously given their time and assistance to help us advance Huntington's research. We could not do this without them.
Opportunities and requirements for participation may vary considerably from one trial or study to another. If you are interested in volunteering, our research staff will be happy to help you identify studies you may be eligible for. We are always looking for more participants, so please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
Click on the tabs below for additional information about studies and trials in general and to learn more about the projects we are currently working on.
- Huntington’s Disease Research Fueled By $19 Million From Stem Cell Agency
- UCD Stem Cell Project May 2013 (PDF)
- Mesenchymal Stem Cells Engineered to Produce BDNF as a Potential Treatment for HD (PDF) - Dr. Wheelock's presentation at the 2015 HDSA National Convention
- Preparing for a Stem Cell-Based Treatment for HD: PRE-CELL and Beyond (PDF) - Terry Tempkin's presentation at the 2015 Help for HD 2nd Annual International Symposium
- CIRM Disease Team Grant DR2A-05415 Publication list 2012-2015 (PDF)