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Published on March 25, 2015

Community Invited to Learn About Huntington's Disease at Free Seminar

New technology offers patients more options

COLUMBIA, Mo. — People with Huntington’s disease and their caregivers are invited to attend a free Huntington’s Disease Education Day seminar from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18, at University Hospital, One Hospital Drive.

The event will be held in Bryant Auditorium, room M105. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by light refreshments. Parking will be available in the Patient-Visitor Parking Garage adjacent to University Hospital.

“Huntington’s disease is an inherited brain disorder that causes a decline in a person’s mental and physical abilities over time,” said Irving Asher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the MU School of Medicine and director of MU Health Care’s Movement Disorders Program. “Attendees will be able to learn more about Huntington’s and meet others who are living with the condition. Patients and their loved ones can also learn about screening options for those with family history, research into the condition and opportunities to join support groups.”

In addition to Asher, presenters at the event include Meghan Kraus, certified genetic counselor at MU Health Care, and Stacey Barton and Peggy Cribbin, representatives from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

The event is sponsored by MU Health Care’s Movement Disorders Program in conjunction with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and Lundbeck’s Moving Together initiative.