HD research at University College London (UCL) & National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (NHNN) is only possible through the generous support of a number of organisations. In turn, some of our funders rely on donations and fund-raising efforts by HD family members and the general public to continue supporting vital HD research. We are grateful to all our funders for their valuable support.

If you would like to give a donation to help HD research and the welfare of HD patients and their families, please consider donating to the essential work of the HD Association.

You may wish to consider a major donation or bequest to fund individual HD research projects or posts directly. Please contact us to discuss this.

Our major funding sources are:

Medical Research Council

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) is a national organisation funded by the UK taxpayer. It promotes research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public and contributing to the wealth of the nation.


CHDI Foundation, Inc.

CHDI Foundation, Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation that was established with the mission of bringing together academia, industry, governmental agencies, and other funding organizations in the search for Huntington disease (HD) treatments. The Foundation supports numerous projects related to HD, including basic research, a drug-discovery program, and clinical studies.

Euro-HD Network

The Euro-HD Network provides a platform for professionals and people affected by HD and their relatives to facilitate working together throughout Europe.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is one of the world’s largest biomedical research charities and its mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health.

National Institute for Health Research

The goal of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Department of Health

The Department of Health’s role is to help improve the health and well-being of the population of England. The Department provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England.

The Huntington’s Disease Association

The Huntington’s Disease Association exists to support people affected by the disease and to provide information and advice to professionals whose task it is to support Huntington’s disease families in the UK. The HDA is financed through the generosity of trusts, foundations, the statutory and corporate sectors, branches of the HDA, members and friends.

 The Brain Research Trust

The Brain Research Trust

The Brain Research Trust is an independent registered charity established in 1971. The Trust’s aim is to promote and support research into diseases of the brain and nervous system. A major part of its work is to provide support for research at the world-renowned research centre, UCL’s Institute of Neurology (IoN), Queen Square, London. Since the BRT was founded it has given over £30 million to the IoN to help fund their research and PhD studentship programmes.

In addition, many departments of University College London support HD research through the provision of technical expertise, office space, laboratory resources, scanners and other support.

These include:

Updated September 23, 2009