Amy Madsen is a science writer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) national headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., where she communicates the latest developments in neuromuscular disease research to affected individuals and families throughout the United States. Although she focuses mainly on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Friedreich's ataxia (FA), spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), she also keeps up on and sometimes covers all of the more than 40 diseases in MDA's program.
A major portion of Amy's responsibilities is to write research news items for the online version of Quest and for MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Online. She also writes research updates, and research and medical features for Quest magazine (print), and other publications for individuals, families, donors and MDA sponsors, as needed. In 2010, Amy envisioned a fun and informative way to share news about the many research grants that MDA awards twice yearly. She designed and implemented, and now helps maintain, the award-winning feature Grants at a Glance.
Amy earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy (2003) and journalism (2007) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she cultivated a strong interest in bioethics. Amy will be blogging about "what it's like on the inside" at MDA's Scientific Conference, with a particular focus on ALS.
Something To Talk About — 04/23/2013
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