Dr. Laura Bannach Jardim made this presentation at the sixth World Congress on Huntington's Disease, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 17, 2013. Dr. Jardim received her medical degree the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in 1983. She obtained her MSc and Ph.D. degrees in clinical medicine at the same University. As an associate professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at UFGRS, Dr. Jardim conducts her research and teaching activities at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. She has experience with neurogenetic diseases such as spinocerebellar ataxias and Machado Joseph disease, and neurometabolic disorders such as sphingolipidoses and X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. Dr. Jardim is the principal investigator of the Neurogenetic Research Group of UFRGS.