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Washington Metro Area Chapter

Murrey Jacobson
(703) 204-4634
Help Line:    (703) 323-1403
Fax:               (703) 573-3047
8303 Arlington Blvd.,
                       Suite 210 
                       Fairfax, VA 22031-2900
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Newspaper: Published quarterly, not on line

Mission:  Serve HD familes throughout metro DC area, Virginia and parts of Maryland offering two support groups a month. We host a variety of  fundraisers and are looking to increase our for ways to better improve our outreach, our services and to help contribute to research. We always need more volunteers. So please call if at all interested!
Center of Excellence
HDSA Center of Excellence
The University of Virginia
Fontaine Avenue Facility
500 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA, 22903
For appointments for any of the below services:
Contact:  Pat Allinson M.S., C.G.C.
                  Genetic Counselor
Phone:     (434) 924-2665
Movement Disorders Clinic:
Individuals who have symptoms of Huntington's Disease may be seen for a neurological examination by Dr. Madaline Harrison, the director of the HD Clinic. Laboratory testing and other evaluations are performed as indicated.Neuropsycho-logical testing is undertaken if warranted.
For an appointment 
Contact:   Dr. Harrison
Phone:     (434) 924-5304
Toll free hotline: 1-866-290-4528

HD Clinic Schedule:
A full-day, multidisciplinary clinic for HD is open
once a month. Services are available from Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, PT/OT, Speech, Social Work, and Genetics at this time. It's usually on the 4th Monday, but the date occasionally changes so please call first.

They also offer a predictive testing program for
at-risk individuals, and also does some HSG-sponsored clinical trials.
Clinic Staff
Barbara Haskins, M.D., Psychiatry
Carol Manning, Ph.D., Neurology
John Zenker R.P.T., Physical Therapy
Carol Clerico, O.T.R., Occupational Therapy
Patricia Ledbetter, Ph.D., Speech/Swallowing
Kenneth Cady, M.S.W., Social Work
Patricia Allinson, M.S., Genetics  
Genetic Testing
Toll free hotline: 1-866-290-4528
Individuals who have a family history of Huntington's Disease may wish to know whether they have inherited the disorder.
A predictive testing program is available which follows the protocol recommended by the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
In the predictive testing protocol, at-risk individuals are seen for psychological and genetic counseling, a neurological examination, and neuro-psychological testing before genetic testing is performed.  Sample Consent Form
They also offer some HSG-sponsored clinical trials.

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Support Group Meetings
City        Not Known
When:         Last Thursday most months
Time:           7 pm - 9 pm
      Goodwin House
Contact:     Chris Lederman
Phone:        703-698-7450 Ext. 375

Bethesda MD
When:       Date Changes, please call.
Where:     424 Montgomery Avenue
                   Bethesda MD
Contact:  Sara Lieberman
                  Social Worker
Phone:     301-439-6141
Participants: Individuals At-Risk

Charlottesville CoE
Support Groups:
Support group meetings for patients and
caregivers are held once a month in conjunction with the HD Clinic.
Time:  12:30-1:30 p.m. and are open to all.
It is not necessary to have an appointment at the clinic in order to attend. An informational talk about a topic of interest is given starting at 12:00 p.m. before the meetings begin. A schedule of talks and meetings is available f
Contact:  Pat Allinson, M.S.
Phone:     (434) 924-2665.
Toll-free helpline 1-866-290-4528
Tidewater, VA
Serving Peninsula and Southside areas
When:      3rd Friday of each month
Time:         7:00 PM
Where:     Mary Immaculate Hospital
                   2 Bernadine Drive
                   Newport News, VA
Yvonne Beyer
Phone:      (757) 867-6794
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Contact:   Joyce Maltby 
Phone:      (757) 874-6385
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530 East Main Street, Suite 428
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:   (804) 644-2923
FAX:      (804) 644-5640
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