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Mark Your Calendars! Registration Opens April 3rd for the 2017 MDF Annual Conference

Image of Golden Gate Bridge ImageRegistration will open April 3rd for the 2017 MDF Annual Conference. The conference will gather more than 400 families, clinicians, researchers, industry representatives and caregivers working to improve the lives of people living with myotonic dystrophy.

The conference takes place Friday, September 8, 2017, through Saturday, September 9, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, in conjunction with IDMC-11, the global DM research conference.

This is an event not to be missed!

Learn more about the 2017 MDF Annual Conference.

MDF Statement Regarding the American Health Care Act

Image of the U.S. CapitolRepublican members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced legislation, entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), that would repeal and/or replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

MDF has developed a formal response to this proposed legislation. Please read our statement to Congress, and consider contacting your congressional representatives to protect access to quality health insurance for people living with DM.

Learn more about the new health legislation and how you can help.

Using Gene Editing to Correct DM

Image of DNA The CRISPR/Cas system, a new, potentially revolutionary technology, may allow development of a drug for DM that can correct a patient's DNA by selectively removing the expanded CTG and CCTG repeats in DM1 and DM2, respectively.

Learn more about this ground-breaking technology.

Improving Clinical Trials for DM Therapies

Thurman Wheeler Pictured in LabWhen Dr. Thurman Wheeler, a grant recipient funded through a Wyck Foundation-MDF partnership, was a resident in neurology, he remembers how a senior physician told him that myotonic dystrophy would probably be one of the most difficult diseases to treat because it involves so many body systems.

But thanks to unprecedented advances in laboratory and clinical research since then, "it looks like it might turn out to be fairly straightforward," Dr. Wheeler says.

Read more about Dr. Wheeler.
Events & Announcements
Upcoming Support Group Meetings:

3/18 - Support Group: Washington, D.C., U.S.

3/18 - Support Group: Indianapolis, IN, U.S.

3/18 - Support Group: Rochester, NY, U.S.

3/18 - Support Group: Denver, CO, U.S.

3/21 - Supportive Facebook Chat: Adult-Onset

Upcoming Events:

3/18 - MDF Community Members Carla Balboa-Christie and Max
Christie to Host the MD Shenanigans Festival

3/25 - MDF Community Member Edibell Stone to Host Fundraiser at the Church Hill Irish Festival

5/20-21 - Team Addison's Philadelphia Tough Mudder to Support MDF

6/10 - Launch of MDF DM Days in Iowa
Featured Website Content
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MDF's latest community resource, "Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits," has been downloaded more than 220 times since the resource was released in January.

MDF created the toolkit to help individuals and families who are applying to SSA for disability coverage.

Download the MDF Toolkit.

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