Heidi L. Pottinger, MDA director of clinical research, is the newest member of the MDA research department, having just come aboard in early April. The majority of her time will be spent developing MDA’s grant programs for clinical trials, clinical studies and the training of young clinicians in clinical research.
Born and raised in Arizona, Heidi is originally from the small U.S.-Mexico border town of Nogales. Her experience spans many years spent working in both academic and public research settings. She has focused on preclinical and clinical research efforts, as well as spending time working in public health and as a science educator. She is very excited about the opportunity to dedicate her time toward further advancement of quality-of-life and health outcomes for the MDA community.
Heidi offers a unique background to MDA having earned a Bachelor of Science in plant biochemistry and molecular biology, and a Master of Arts in biomedical and health ethics, concentrated on nonprofit management. She is also a Master of Public Health candidate and is working toward her Doctor of Public Health degree. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys working with local undergraduate and graduate students to organize service events that help increase awareness of health and human rights issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the 2013 MDA Scientific Conference, which focuses on therapeutic strategies for neuromuscular diseases, Heidi will be blogging from her distinct perspective as a newcomer to the Association.
Giving Our All — 4/22/2013
Playing in the Same Sandbox — 4/25/2013
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