for people ages 25-65 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Michael Geschwind, MD, Ph.D.
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Michael Geschwind



This is the first study of AMT-130 in patients with early manifest HD and is designed to establish safety and proof-of-concept (PoC). CT-AMT-130-01 is a Phase I/II, randomized, multicenter, dose escalation, double-blind, imitation surgery, first-in-human (FIH) study.

Official Title

A Phase I/II, Randomized, Double-blind, Sham Control Study to Explore Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy Signals of Multiple Ascending Doses of Striatally-Administered rAAV5-miHTT Total Huntingtin Gene (HTT) Lowering Therapy (AMT-130) in Early Manifest Huntington Disease


AMT-130 is an investigational, single administration gene therapy intended to modify the disease course for HD. Preclinical studies have shown that AMT-130 lowers huntingtin protein and is associated with decreased progression of Huntington disease signs in animal models. This 5-year trial consists of a blinded 12-month Core Study Period to evaluate the safety and potential impact of AMT-130 on disease progression and an unblinded 4-year Long-Term Period with periodic follow-up visits to evaluate the safety of AMT-130 and disease progression in treated individuals. Following completion of the 12-month blinded post treatment follow-up period, subjects will be individually unblinded. Once the crossover has been activated after review of data by the DSMB and FDA, subjects randomized to the imitation (sham) procedure who continue to meet inclusion/exclusion criteria (including adequate MRI striatal volumes) will be allowed to crossover to receive AMT-130 treatment.


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You can join if…

Open to people ages 25-65

  • Early manifest HD as defined by a UHDRS total functional capacity (TFC) score of 9 to 13 and EITHER a diagnostic classification level (DCL) of 4 OR a DCL of 3 if the subject either meets the definition of multidimensional manifest HD (UHDRS question 80) or has cognitive symptoms
  • HTT gene expansion testing with the presence of ≥40 CAG repeats.
  • Striatal MRI volume requirements per hemisphere: Putamen ≥2.5 cm3 (per side); Caudate ≥2.0 cm3 (per side)
  • All HD concomitant medications (addressing motor, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms) stable for 3 months prior to Screening.
  • Able and willing to provide written informed consent
  • Able and willing to comply with all procedures and study visits

You CAN'T join if...

  • Evidence of suicide risk
  • Receipt of an experimental agent within 60 days or five half-lives prior to Screening or anytime over the duration of this study.
  • Participation in an investigational trial or investigational paradigm (such as exercise/physical activity, cognitive therapy, brain stimulation, etc.) within 60 days prior to Screening or anytime over the duration of this study.
  • Presence of an implanted deep brain stimulation device, ventriculoperitoneal or other CSF shunt, or other implanted catheter
  • Any history of gene therapy, RNA or DNA targeted HD specific investigational agents, such as antisense oligonucleotides (ASO), cell transplantation or any other experimental brain surgery.
  • Any contraindication to lumbar puncture or 3.0 Tesla MRI as per local guidelines.
  • Brain and spinal pathology that may interfere with the surgical delivery of AMT-130 or represents a significant neurologic comorbid disorder.
  • Hospitalization for any major medical or surgical procedure involving general anesthesia within 12 weeks of Screening or planned during the study.
  • Current or recurrent disease, infection, or other significant concurrent medical condition or medications that could confound clinical and laboratory evaluations or could affect a subject's safety or their ability to undergo the neurosurgical procedure or comply with the procedures and study visit schedule


  • University of California, San Francisco accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States
  • University of Washington Medical Center accepting new patients
    Seattle Washington 98195 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Michael Geschwind, MD, Ph.D.
    Dr. Geschwind received his M.D.and Ph.D. in neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
UniQure Biopharma B.V.
Phase 1/2 Huntington's Disease Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 26 study participants
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