Huntington's disease, a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, was poorly understood when Nancy Wexler first began studying the disease as a young scientist. In an exclusive, multipart interview with the Lasker Foundation, Wexler discusses her life's work to increase awareness and find therapies for Huntington's disease.

In this first chapter, Nancy Wexler shares her family’s history with Huntington's disease and explains why she chose to dedicate her life to researching this genetic disorder.