Welcome

The Dutch Huntington’s Disease Symposium provides a forum for research into the care and cure of Huntington’s Disease. The meeting will include topics such as molecular mechanisms, biomarkers, therapies and care in Huntington’s Disease, with a special focus on biomarkers.

Biomarkers in Huntington’s Disease

The diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease is based on clinical signs and symptoms. However, we know that many years before the clinical diagnosis is made, patients already show cognitive, behavioural and brain MRI changes. Detecting such changes is of huge importance related to future disease modifying treatments. Biomarkers can help monitor the disease development before clinical signs and symptoms arise. Biomarkers can be detected in fluids such as cerebrospinal fluid, blood or tears. They can also be detected by using imaging such as brain MRI or retinal imaging.

Focus on research on biomarkers in Huntington’s Disease

The 2nd Dutch Huntington’s Disease Symposium focus on topics such as molecular mechanisms, biomarkers, therapies and care in Huntington’s Disease, with a special focus on biomarkers.
  • What biomarkers may be useful in the search for the ultimate treatment?
  • At what age do we need to start tracing these biomarkers?
  • What new research challenges and initiatives have come to the forefront?

The Dutch Huntington’s Disease symposium

We hope that you will enjoy our very topical Huntington’s Disease symposium, take this opportunity to get to know your colleagues’ research better, and be inspired by our collective scientific work.

Dr. Mayke Oosterloo
Head of Huntington’s Disease Expertise Center Maastricht UMC+ 

The Huntington’s Disease Expertise Center Maastricht UMC+ strives to advance our understanding of Huntington’s Disease by performing research and the treatment and support of patients and their caregivers. We work together as a multidisciplinary team which consists of neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, psychologists, clinical and molecular geneticists and nurses. We perform mainly clinical research, participate in international trials and collaborate with researchers all over the world. The Huntington’s Disease Expertise Center Maastricht UMC+ is part of the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+) and aligned to the research school MHeNs (Mental Health and Neuroscience) which is part the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of Maastricht University.