Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF) Announces Winners of the 2023 Leslie Gehry Prize for Innovation in Science and the Nancy S. Wexler Young Investigator Prize; Both Awardees Focus on Huntington’s Disease

Dr. Vanessa Wheeler

On October 11, the Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF) said it is proud to announce that Vanessa Wheeler, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the winner of the 2023 Leslie Gehry Prize for Innovation in Science. She will discuss her breakthrough work and share her insights on the future direction of Huntington's disease (HD) research at the HDF Symposium and Gala on October 30 at the Yale Club in New York City. The HDF invites you to join us there! Dr. Wheeler’s research on “somatic instability” laid the groundwork for what has become the hottest topic in Huntington’s disease research this decade, as understanding somatic instability is thought by many leading scientists to be the route to the cure. Well before the term “somatic instability” was on the lips of every HD researcher, Dr. Wheeler was connecting dots related to this biological phenomenon, making connections for how it participates in HD pathology. Dr. Wheeler has been focused on somatic instability as the root cause of HD since the mid-2000s.

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