November 2019 | E-Newsletter
Missouri Cures Education Foundation is a statewide non-profit alliance working to promote & protect medical advances to improve the health of Missourians and stimulate the economy in our state. Donations are tax-deductible & support education and outreach programs.
Director's Notes:
Thank you to all of the sponsors, speakers, and attendees for helping to make the sixth annual Women in Science, Entrepreneurship & Research (WISER) conference in St Louis a success. It was an inspiring day as the panelists gave their advice, insight and shared their own personal stories. Over 300 women and men joined us to learn, share, make connections, and network. We have big plans for the 2020 WISER events that will take place across the state so stay tuned!
Kindest regards,
Dena Ladd
Executive Director
Missouri Cures Education Foundation
Top Left (Left to Right): Sita Kedia, Ruth Wagner, Kim Hudson, Amy Berg and Ann Marr; Top Right: Dena Ladd; Lower Left: 2019 WISER Audience; Lower Right (Left to Right): Supriya Shivakumar, Nadia Shakoor, Rachael Bradshaw, Bettina Drake, Rochelle Henderson
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WISER Women:
November always marks the end of our WISER events across the state and allows us the opportunity to reflect on all the incredible women we’ve had the opportunity to meet, learn from, share with, and honor. Since last November, we highlighted the work of 11 WISER Women, brought our programs to 4 cities across Missouri, featured 33 different outstanding panelists and speakers, and hosted over 700 attendees at our WISER events. Next year we hope to expand our WISER programs, bringing them to new cities and revisiting some old favorites. Learn more about our WISER programs and our WISER Women.
Meet a Researcher
This Month, we’d like to introduce you to Fran Sverdrup, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University. He and his team are working on finding a way to shut down the toxic protein that leads to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), an illness that starts with facial, shoulder and upper arm weakness and eventually affects nearly all skeletal muscles of those with the disease (full story linked above).

Dr. Sverdrup was motivated to search for a cure for FSHD after his own daughter was diagnosed with the illness. His research suggests a way forward in developing the first treatment or cure for FSHD. You can learn more about his groundbreaking work here.
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