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Dr Stephen Pearson talks about Huntington's disease

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 27th August, 2019

Dr Stephen Pearson, one of our consultant psychiatrists working with older people in west Devon, is participating in a BBC Radio Cornwall documentary about Huntington's disease.  The programme is called In Two Minds. 

Stephen leads on the Peninsula Huntington’s Disease clinic based at Liskeard Hospital, which happens every two months, accepting referrals from all agencies, with most referrals coming from neurology and the genetics service and a few direct from GPs. He works with a consultant neurologist and consultant neuropsychologist from Derriford Hospital. Neurologist Dr Harrower also runs a specialist Huntington’s disease clinic jointly with Dr Jas Sachdeva in Exeter. Both clinics are research-active and there is increasing interest in research in Huntington’s disease, both locally and nationally.

Daniel Pascoe is a broadcaster with BBC Radio Cornwall and, because of a personal interest in Huntington’s, he is leading on the documentary - which will be broadcast in six parts on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Cornwall from Monday 26 – Saturday 31 August at 8.20am each morning.

On Saturday 31 August, the documentary will then be available in full on the England Unwrapped section on BBC Sounds here.

There will also be a piece on BBC Spotlight, which is likely to air on Tuesday 27 August, which gives a snapshot of Daniel Pascoe's own story.

Stephen is then taking part in a live phone-in on Radio Cornwall on 5 Sept from 1-2pm, answering questions from listeners and talking about Huntington’s disease. 

Stephen says: "As many of our colleagues will know, Huntington's is a complicated disease and we are still in the relatively early stages of understanding what it is and how it develops.  Like so many mental illnesses, it can have a huge impact on people's lives and on the lives of their families and loved ones.  We do everything we can to raise awareness and understanding about the disease and this BBC documentary is a great opportunity for us to share our work and for people to ask questions and find out more."