Experts focus on Huntington’s disease

07 May 2013

Two of The University of Auckland’s internationally recognised experts on brain diseases will be speaking at a conference on Huntington’s disease later this month.

They are among a line-up of New Zealand’s foremost research and clinical experts on Huntington’s disease who will speak at the national association conference in Auckland (on May 18/19).

New Zealand’s top neuroscientist, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull (left), will speak to the gathering. He is an internationally recognised expert on neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain and is Director of the University’s Centre for Brain Research which has had an established research programme on Huntington’s disease since 1981.

Professor Faull’s presentation is titled ‘Huntington’s Disease – Exciting Human Brain Research with Family Support’.

Professor Faull, who is also patron of the Huntington’s Disease Association Auckland, says “The conference will be an opportunity for patients, families and medical professionals to learn about new global and local research and the latest developments in prospective treatments.”

“It will also be a unique opportunity for the Huntington’s disease community to share knowledge and learn from the experience of others. This will be a very special meeting of those who share the ultimate goal of improving patients’ lives and ending Huntington’s disease”, he says

The University of Auckland researcher Professor Russell Snell is a member of the global team that discovered the Huntington’s disease gene in 1993. He will provide an overview of information about Huntington’s disease from a genetics perspective.

Neurologist and HD clinical specialist Dr Richard Roxburgh will discuss the progress of an international clinical trial called CREST E* which is in phase 3 and involves 650 participants from around the world.

Neuropsychiatrist and fellow clinical specialist Dr Greg Finucane will outline drug therapies in his lecture titled ‘Calming the Stormy Seas’.

Patient service and care updates will be provided by national Huntington’s disease association staff, and all presentations within the two-day speaker programme are designed for the general public to understand.

The conference will be held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland, and is sponsored by the Centre for Brain Research, the Neurological Foundation of NZ and the Lion Foundation.


For more information contact;

Suzi Phillips
Media Relations Advisor
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
The University of Auckland
Mob 021 416 396
Phone +64 9 373 7599 ext 87383