The Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF), which funds scientific research to find treatments and cures for Huntington’s disease, announced that Barry H. Evenchick, has been elected to its Board of Directors.
Nancy Wexler, President of HDF said, “We are thrilled that Barry is joining our Board. His wisdom and guidance will be invaluable as we continue our work to fund innovative research that is advancing our understanding of Huntington’s disease and bringing hope to families who are affected by this devastating genetic disorder.”
Mr. Evenchick is a partner at the New Jersey-based law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden where his practice focuses on litigation. He is a former prosecutor, having served as chief of the appellate section of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and as the first chief of the appellate section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. He also served for 12 years as the municipal attorney of the Township of Livingston and for six years as a commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. He is an adjunct faculty member of Rutgers Law School in Newark and serves as vice-chair of the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal.
“I am honored and proud to be elected to the Board of the Hereditary Disease Foundation,” Mr. Evenchick said, “I look forward to working with my fellow Board members as we further our efforts to support research that is making a difference in the lives of Huntington’s disease patients and their families.”
About the Hereditary Disease Foundation
The Hereditary Disease Foundation facilitates collaborative and innovative scientific research to further the understanding of Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that strikes in early- to mid-adulthood, destroying brain cells, and bringing on severe and progressive declines in personality, cognitive ability, and mobility. As a disease caused by a mistake on a single gene, Huntington’s disease is an ideal model for other brain disorders. Research organized by the Foundation led to the discovery of the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease in 1983. The Foundation organized and funded a decade-long international collaboration of over 100 scientists who discovered the gene that causes Huntington’s in 1993. This work played an important role in the development of the Human Genome Project. For information visit http://www.hdfoundation.org