MDA medical and science editor Margaret (Maggie) Wahl oversees MDA's coverage of medical and scientific information for the neuromuscular disease patient/family community and helps communicate the organization's research, health care and advocacy missions to a variety of audiences
Maggie writes or edits news stories for the MDA website, feature stories and news reports for Quest magazine, and reference materials, such as the disease-specific pages, in electronic and print formats. She also writes press releases and promotional materials related to MDA's missions.
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 MDA'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 and other mainstream audiences.
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