About Steve Hersch, MD, PhD

Dr. Hersch's clinical and research interests are in neurodegenerative disorders and particularly Huntington's disease (HD). He was recruited to MGH/Harvard Medical School in 2001 to direct the HD clinical center and develop a laboratory devoted to translational research for HD. Dr. Hersch's work on HD has spanned basic, translational, and clinical and has included the neuropathology of HD, its pathogenesis, the development of therapeutics, and the development of clinical and biological measures of HD in humans to improve testing potential therapies.

His laboratory has examined the roles of huntingtin protein in pathogenesis, the contributions of transcriptional dysfunction and cellular energetics to HD pathogenesis, and has extensively used HD mouse models to examine mechanisms of disease and explore potential therapies. Many of the compounds the Hersch lab has helped explore in HD mice are advancing through clinical trials. Dr. Hersch has been a principal investigator, steering committee member, or site investigator for many observational or therapeutic studies in HD patients. He has developed and holds INDs for potential disease modifying therapies for HD, which have gone to phase II and phase III clinical trials. He is leading a collaborative NIH supported program to develop neuroimaging, protein, small molecule, and genomic biomarkers of HD. He is also co-chair of the executive committee of the Huntington Study Group (HSG) and plays a major role in the planning and execution of multicenter clinical trials for HD. He also directs clinical care for HD provided by the New England Center of Excellence for Huntington's disease and sees patients in the Movement Disorders unit at MGH.

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Mass General Neurology
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 855-644-6387

Medical Education

  • PhD, Boston University
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Emory University Hospital
  • Fellowship, Emory University Hospital
  • Fellowship, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Dr. Hersch's clinical and research interests are in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Huntington's disease (HD).  Visit the Hersch Lab to learn more.

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