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Huntington's Disease & Ataxia Clinic

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The UCSF Huntington's Disease and Ataxia Clinic, part of the Memory and Aging Center, cares for patients with Huntington's disease and spinocerebellar ataxia, as well as those at risk for these inherited disorders. We also treat patients with other neurodegenerative ataxias, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA).

We understand that the challenges of living with a degenerative movement disorder can extend well beyond the symptoms of the disease, so we provide a range of support services for patients and families. Our team of experts, which draws from neurology, genetic counseling, physical therapy, nursing and social work, collaborates with patients and their caregivers to create personalized and comprehensive treatment plans. We also work closely with the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center, which evaluates and treats patients with various movement disorders.

Our clinic is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and is recognized as a center of excellence by both the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) and the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF).

Our services

We offer a variety of support services for people with Huntington's disease and ataxia, including:

To learn more about our services, please give us a call at (415) 353-2057.

Join a research study

We help patients participate in studies focused on understanding, treating and curing Huntington's disease, spinocerebellar ataxia and MSA through our work with the Huntington Study Group and the Clinical Research Consortium for the Study of Cerebellar Ataxia. To join or learn more about clinical trials and other research, please email us at [email protected].

You can also find out about study opportunities around the world from the National Library of Medicine.

Doctor referral required

Our locations

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    Enroll -HD: A Prospective Registry Study in a Global Huntington's Disease Cohort

    The motor section of the UHDRS assesses motor features of HD with standardized ratings of oculomotor function, dysarthria, chorea, dystonia, gait, and postural stability. UHDRS 99 Motor, UHDRS Diagnostic Confidence Level.


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    Safety and Proof-of-Concept (POC) Study With AMT-130 in Adults With Early Manifest Huntington's...

    Safety will be assessed by adverse events (AEs) related to clinical safety laboratory tests, vital signs, electrocardiograms (ECGs), neurological and physical examinations, rAAV5 vector shedding, immunogenicity response, suicidali...


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    Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy With Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy (CAD...

    A composite Cognitive Executive Function Score will be reported based on data from two electronic assessments (Favorites and Match). Favorites tests both episodic and associative memory and consists of 2 learning trials followed b...


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    Natural History Study of and Genetic Modifiers in Spinocerebellar Ataxias


    Awards & recognition

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      Among the top hospitals in the nation

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      Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery

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    Support services

    Patient Resource

    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.

    Support Group

    Memory & Aging Disorders Support Groups

    Find support for caregivers, families and patients dealing with dementia, early-onset Alzheimer's, Huntington's disease and more.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Related clinics

    Memory and Aging Center

    Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

    1651 Fourth St., Suite 212
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Movement Disorders Clinic

    Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

    1651 Fourth St., Suite 232
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Memory and Aging Center Research

      The UCSF Memory and Aging Center conducts research to test potential new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, as well as studies aimed at improving understanding of these conditions.

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