Dr. Jeff Carroll is a scientific advisor for n-Lorem. Jeff began assisting n-Lorem’s access to treatment committee at a very early stage, given his passion for helping families with rare genetic diseases. This passion emerges from a personal connection – Jeff’s mother died after suffering from Huntington’s Disease, placing her 6 children at 50% risk of developing the disease. In 2003, Jeff learned that he inherited this mutation from his mother, sparking a passion to help understand the disease, and to help hasten the development of novel treatments for all HD patients.
Jeff is now an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington. Jeff’s primary scientific focus is on conducting translational studies in support of “Huntingtin Lowering” approaches to Huntington’s Disease, primarily through the use of antisense oligonucleotides. Jeff’s Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies all involved using mouse models to understand basic mechanisms of HD and preclinical testing of therapeutic interventions in these models. During his Ph.D., he trained with Michael Hayden (UBC) and his postdoctoral studies were conducted under the supervision of Marcy MacDonald (MGH, Harvard Medical School).