URMC Researchers Get $10.5M Grant to Study Huntington's Disease

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Source: Rochester Business Journal

A University of Rochester Medical Center research team has won a $10.5 million grant to fund its investigation of a stem-cell treatment that could slow the progression of Huntington’s disease, URMC officials said Wednesday. 

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that causes brain cells to die. Sufferers face progressive loss of bodily functions and in end stages face dementia. There is no cure. 

Also known as Huntington’s chorea, the disease is widely known as the condition that laid iconic folksinger Woody Guthrie low.

The five-year, $10.5 million CHDI Foundation Inc. grant won by URMC researcher Steven Goldman M.D.’s Goldman Lab team will fund the group’s investigation of technique to switch healthy brain cells for diseased ones.

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