May 28, 1997
Media Contact: Michael Purdy
Phone: (410)955-8725

Thirty-four scientists and students from several of the world's leading biomedical research institutions will gather in Baltimore on May 29 to plot the next offensives in the war on Huntington's Disease (HD).

The meeting is the first for the HD Coalition for the Cure, a new organization that includes researchers from Johns Hopkins, Emory University, Massachussetts General Hospital, the University of British Columbia, Guys Hospital of London, and the University of Milan of Milan, Italy. The Coalition plans to coordinate funding from the HD Society of America to help set the research agenda for the fatal, inherited brain disorder, which affects an estimated 25,000 in the United States.

The Coalition is led by Hopkins researcher Christopher Ross, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience.

"Like the collaborative group that found the Huntington's Disease gene four years ago, the Coalition will provide a forum for us to share the latest results and plan new research," says Ross. "The challenge for the HD research community is to find out what this gene does and how it causes disease, and The Coalition will provide a forum for us to get together, share the latest information and plan new research."

To arrange interviews with Ross prior to the meeting, contact me at (410) 955-8725. To arrange interviews with other meeting participants or otherwise cover the meeting, contact Scotti Hutton at the HD Society of America at 1-888-219-HDSA.

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