Huntington’s disease clinic renewed as a HDSA Center of Excellence

By Anna Shavers

Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D.
Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) announces the renewal of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health as a HDSA Center of Excellence (CoE), making it one of three CoEs in the state of Florida and one of 56 nationwide.

Under the direction of Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D., the Huntington’s disease (HD) clinic serves more than 95 patients annually for HD and has been a HDSA Center of Excellence since 2015.

“It’s an honor for the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health to be renewed as an HDSA Center of Excellence. We are committed to providing the best care, support, education, and access to the latest research for our patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease.” said McFarland, associate professor of neurology and director of the HDSA Center of Excellence.

As a HDSA Center of Excellence, the Fixel Institute provides the highest level of care, resources and research for Huntington’s disease. With specialized movement disorder neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, rehab therapists and more, the Fixel Institute delivers a comprehensive approach to HD care and research, all in one central location in Gainesville, FL.

“We are grateful for the Center of Excellence designation, partnership, and support from the HDSA. We plan to keep working together to improve the lives of those with HD better,” said McFarland.

Read the full release from the HDSA