Symposium

Of Rising Scholars

Spring 2024

Kenneth will be presenting at The Symposium of Rising Scholars on Saturday, March 23rd! To attend the event and see Kenneth's presentation.

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Kenneth Huynh

Class of 2026San Jose, California

About

Hello! My name is Kenneth Huynh and my Polygence project is on (or hopefully on) Huntington's Disease, a devastating neurodegenerative genetic disorder. I chose to work on this project because I am curious and wanting to help the research on potential cures/treatments. After my project, I would like to get an internship at a lab in areas around me!

Projects

  • "What types of treatments or physical therapy can assist people with Huntington’s Disease improve their quality of life?" with mentor Miwa (Feb. 21, 2024)

Project Portfolio

What types of treatments or physical therapy can assist people with Huntington’s Disease improve their quality of life?

Started May 9, 2023

Abstract or project description

Roughly 30,000 Americans suffer from the debilitating hereditary illness known as Huntington's Disease (HD). It includes difficulties with the body, mind, and spirit, and there are several kinds, based on the timing of when symptoms appear. The Huntington gene mutation at the root of the disease causes a series of harmful occurrences. Over time, physical symptoms such as stiff muscles and choreatic motions get worse. Executive functioning and memory are hampered by cognitive decline. Physiological effects include mood swings, anxiety, and depression. are examples of psychological effects. Although a permanent solution is still unattainable, treatments such as Tetrabenazine which target motor problems, while occupational and physical therapy to improve functioning, and psychological assistance to promotes emotional health. With assistive technologies, independence can be restored. For people afflicted with HD, ongoing research provides hope for better therapies.