MDA medical and science editor Margaret (Maggie) Wahl oversees the Association's coverage of medical and scientific information for the neuromuscular disease patient/family community.
Maggie writes or edits daily news stories for the MDA websites, feature stories and news reports for Quest magazine, and reference materials, such as the disease-specific pages, in electronic and print formats.
She accomplishes this by reading scientific and medical papers as well as articles in the mainstream media, by interviewing scientists and physicians, and by attending scientific and medical conferences.
Maggie graduated from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) College of Nursing in 1978 and practiced hospital-based and public health nursing in the 1980s. At the same time, she developed a career as a medical writer and editor, and worked on several medical self-help books for mainstream publishers.
She joined MDA as a science writer in 1991, just in time for the explosion of knowledge about medical genetics that revolutionized the understanding of the neuromuscular disorders in the Association's program.
Maggie's university courses in biology, chemistry, physiology and pharmacology allowed her to master the new science as it developed, while her background as a public health nurse and health book editor allowed her to translate these findings into understandable language for families.
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