Professor Leslie M. Thompson discusses her progress towards a new treatment for Huntington’s Disease
Held in the Crystal Cove Auditorium in the UCI Student Center, Professor Leslie M. Thompson’s lecture covered the recent work her laboratory has done on developing novel ways to treat Huntington’s disease (HD). Presented to a crowed of over 350 community members, patient advocates with their family members, as well as faculty and staff, Professor Thompson’s lecture was filled with exciting revelations for both scientist and community members alike. Dr. Thompson began with a touching discussion of her transition into HD research, and subsequently described her participation in the breakthrough discovery of the Huntingtin gene. She later shared work highlighting experiments successfully targeting the disruptive proteins found in HD modeled systems including the brains of mice. Dr. Thompson ended the talk with several studies her lab has been doing with stem cells, and she believes that HD patients themselves may hold the key to new treatment breakthroughs, suggesting work utilizing stem cells derived from HD patients may be the key to screen for potential drugs to successfully treat the disease.