Ask-the-Expert: Myotonic Dystrophy and the Brain

Originally presented on July 16, 2020.

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Faisal Fecto, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Fecto completed his medical training at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan in 2005, where he was also junior faculty till 2006. Dr. Fecto completed his PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in 2012 during which he was supported by a University Fellowship and an NIH/NIA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship. From 2012 to 2015 he completed his post-doctoral training in neurogenetics at Northwestern University as the Link Foundation Fellow. Dr. Fecto completed his neurology residency and chief residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as part of the clinical-neuroscientist and physician-scientist training programs. Dr. Fecto completed his fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Stanford University in 2020.

Dr. Fecto has received several awards including the resident teaching award, resident team leader award, a resident lectureship by the Iowa Neurological Association, and a fellow scholarship by the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Fecto is a well-published researcher and serves as an associate editor for the journal BMC Neurology. His research explores the pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to neuromuscular disorders such as myotonic dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.