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In honour of Rare Disease Day 2021, a global alliance of myotonic dystrophy-focused organisations have united to announce the declaration of International Myotonic Dystrophy Awareness Day to be observed each September 15th.

It is with great sadness that MDF shares that Sir Peter Harper, groundbreaking DM researcher and author of the book Myotonic Dystrophy: The Facts, passed away last month. We honor and recognize his work to advance our understanding of myotonic dystrophy.

Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is likely underdiagnosed in practice according to research published in the January 20, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

MDF is proud to announce Rong-Chi Hu as one of MDF UK’s 2021 Fellowship Recipients! Rong-Chi Hu's project Mechanisms of DM1 cardiac pathogenesis and potential therapeutics will utilize a mouse model to determine the degree to which different molecular mechanisms contribute to DM1 cardiac pathogenesis and to test two different CRISPR-based therapeutic strategies to decrease the expression of CUG repeat RNA in the heart.

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