Three years had passed since the last National Conference and much had happened in these
intervening years for those confronting Huntingtons Disease.This years Conference was therefore eagerly
awaited by many and the 190 participants (the largest number ever) were not disappointed.
Research into HD continues worldwide and the Conference provided an update on the latest
developments. Dr David Craufurd of Manchester
University presented a keynote paper on the treatment for Huntingtons Disease. He was followed by Professor Richard Faull who,
with his team at Auckland University, continues to lead HD research in New Zealand. Dr Ken Taylor, of Antipodean Biotechnology
Limited, Auckland, announced at the Conference, that clinical studies on a new drug
treatment for HD are proposed for 2003.
A panel discussed the first specialised HD residential facility in the country which will
open late in March in the Wellington region and Judy Lyon, past Chairperson of the
Wellington HD Association, presented a very interesting and comprehensive paper on
Keeping myself well with Naturopathic Medicines and Natural Therapies.
Other presentations covered such topics as Clinical and Neuropsychological Studies in HD;
Specific Neuropsychological Aspects of HD Implicit memory functioning and
implications;Genetic testing for HD; and the
important and difficult issue of when do we tell children about HD.
As always, the presentations on
Sharing our Experiences Personal stories on HD was a very special part of the Conference.We thank and applaud all those who shared their
stories with us.
The Conference dinner was held on Saturday night and was very well attended. Diners were informed and entertained by the guest
speaker Sandie Waddell from the Ministry of Health, giving a wonderful and humorous
The Conference was a resounding success not only were the papers interesting and well
presented, but those with HD, family members, care-givers and health professionals were
able to meet, share their experiences and journey together to learn more about
The Wellington Association wishes to thank all those who participated in this Conference as
well as those who worked tirelessly on its organisation.