Pat Furlong

Pat Furlong is the founding president and chief executive officer of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PPMD works to end Duchenne, the most common fatal, genetic childhood disorder, by accelerating research, advocating for optimal patient care, and educating the global community about the disorder. After her two sons were diagnosed with Duchenne, Ms. Furlong joined other parents to found PPMD in 1994. She has served on the boards of the Genetic Alliance and the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the National Institutes of Health’s Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Pediatric Studies Conducted Under BPCA and PREA, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel. For her leadership in changing the course of Duchenne, Ms. Furlong was named among the top 50 orphan drug thought leaders by the World Orphan Drug Congress in 2014. She received the 2012 Global Genes | RARE Champion of Hope Advocacy Award and the 2008 Research!America Advocacy Award.