About the Hereditary Disease Foundation

The Mission of the Hereditary Disease Foundation:
To fund innovative research towards curing Huntington’s disease and impacting other brain disorders.

In 1983, the Hereditary Disease Foundation is the first to use DNA markers to discover the neighborhood of the Huntington’s disease gene. This breakthrough helped launch the Human Genome Project.

Following this discovery, the Hereditary Disease Foundation pioneered many technologies for mapping and finding genes. A decade later we identified the specific Huntington’s disease gene, its defect, and the protein that encodes it, unlocking critical knowledge needed to find the cure.

The Foundation focuses on curing Huntington’s disease, not only because of its devastating consequences to individuals and families with the disease, but because it is a model for curing other brain disorders like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's (ALS) diseases.

Today the Foundation continues to fund innovative research toward curing Huntington’s disease and other brain disorders.

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