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Through these small, one-year grants, MDF aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to explore high-risk, high-reward proof-of-concept studies, or novel research approaches without the burden of extensive preliminary data or long-term commitments.

Exposure to myotonic dystrophy research at Regeneron and the collaborative environment at the University of Rochester solidified her interest in myotonic dystrophy research. Post-graduate school, Ms. Hamazaki aspires to apply her skills to patient-focused myotonic dystrophy research, driven by the desire to contribute impactful research benefiting the patient community.

We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Lucie onto the MDF Programs team! Along with Lucie’s impressive background and skillset, her empathetic and joyful nature make her the perfect fit for serving the myotonic dystrophy community as our Senior Manager of Community Engagement.

MDF's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Andy Rohrwasser, provides a summary of a recent research publication, "Natural history of cardiac involvement in myotonic dystrophy type 1 – Emphasis on the need for lifelong follow-up".