We are delighted to announce four new members of our Board of Directors, Lauren Baker Pinkus, Tacie Fox, C. Frank Bennett, and Leslie Thompson. Both Lauren and Tacie have extensive business experience and personal knowledge of HD, and they and their families have been generous and steadfast supporters of the Hereditary Disease Foundation for many years. Frank and Leslie are distinguished scientists and longstanding members of our Scientific Advisory Board, where they play leadership roles in setting the scientific agenda of the Foundation. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Hereditary Disease Foundation Board!Hereditary Disease Foundation
Leslie M. Thompson, PhD is the Donald Bren and Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Leslie has studied Huntington’s disease for most of her scientific career. She was a member of the HDF’s Venezuela Project that identified the causative gene for HD in 1993. Her work is focused on understanding how the HD mutation damages brain cells and identifying targets for new drugs to prevent or ameliorate the damage. Leslie is an American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow. She received the HDF’s Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science in 2013.