In an engaging episode of The Business of Giving, Dr. Donald Wood, CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, shared MDA’s journey from its 1950s door-todoor fundraising beginnings to major scientific breakthroughs, like the discovery of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene in 1986. Emphasizing his leadership style of selecting the right team and the necessity of patient involvement in research, Dr. Wood highlighted MDA’s significant impact in advancing neuromuscular disease understanding, supported by public generosity, and outlined his vision for future innovations in gene therapy and precision genetics.
Many people don’t know what muscular dystrophy is, and it’s an umbrella phrase. The Muscular Dystrophy Association represents over 43 diseases that are under that umbrella, and essentially we are an association focused on muscle. We’re the world’s leading expert on muscle.