UCI neuroscientist Leslie Thompson has been named founding co-editor
in chief with Blair Leavitt of the University of British Columbia of the first
academic journal dedicated to Huntington’s disease. The quarterly Journal of Huntington’s Disease features original research in basic science, translational research and clinical studies. Thompson (pictured), professor of psychiatry & human behavior and neurobiology & behavior, is a pioneer in the exploration
of stem cell-based treatments for HD. “This is an exciting opportunity,” she said. “There’s enough momentum in the field to have a dedicated journal, and it’ll be a very comprehensive resource for the HD community.” Thompson has been a pioneer in the exploration of stem cell-based HD treatments and is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI MIND and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Joan Steffan and Larry Marsh of UCI are on the journal’s editorial board.