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MDF is proud to recognize Richard T. Moxley, III, MD for his distinguished service in the field of myotonic dystrophy and his role on the MDF Scientific Advisory Committee. This month Dr. Moxley is retiring from MDF’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), after supporting MDF since our inception, and will now serve as an Emeritus member.

MDF is proud to announce Maya Gosztyla as one of the MDF’s 2021 Fellowship Recipients! Maya Gosztyla’s project “Investigating RNA-binding Proteins and RNA Localization in cDM1 Organoids” plans to search for new RBPs, beyond those currently known, that are dysregulated in DM1. They will conduct this analysis using cerebral organoids, which mimic the cells and structure of the human brain using spherical clumps of cells grown in a dish.

MDF is excited to formally welcome Kate Beck as our Special Projects Manager! Kate first engaged with the foundation in 2019 after her close friends were diagnosed with DM. After learning more about our mission, she was inspired to help advance care and a cure.

MDF advocates from across the country did their part as part of another highly successful annual Rare Disease Day celebration. There has been a lot of activity in Washington, D.C. to report on since Rare Disease Day. There are also opportunities to continue our research advocacy.

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