Alexandra Chapleau

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Alex is a graduate student of Neuroscience at McGill University, studying disease mechanisms underlying hypomyelinating leukodystrophies. She is an editor at the McGill Journal of Medicine, a scientific communications officer at the United Leukodystrophy Foundation and heads the Research Branch of the first Rare Disease Interest Group. She is pursuing a PhD and is a recipient of the prestigious federal Canadian Doctoral Award (CIHR) and the provincial Doctoral Training Scholarship (FRQS). Her younger brother was first diagnosed with a leukodystrophy in 1999 which was later confirmed to be MLC type 1. This has driven her to pursue a career in rare disease research. She aims to better bridge the fundamental “bench to bedside” link in patient care and advocate the importance and value of researching orphan disorders.

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