Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Great Plains summit to focus on rare neurodevelopmental disorders

The Sanford CoRDS 13th Annual Great Plains Rare Disease Summit will focus on rare neurodevelopmental disorders such as aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency. The event, hosted by Sanford Research, will be held May 11-12 virtually and in person in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and feature presentations by…

NORD to celebrate 40th anniversary with rare disease awards

At a May 4 awards ceremony that will also mark the anniversary of its 1983 founding, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) will honor a group of rare disease innovators, advocates, and partners. This year’s Rare Impact Awards, presented at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in Washington,…

Curant Health Designated a Partner in Rare Disease Advocacy

The national outcomes-based patient support organization Curant Health has joined rare360, a Rare Advocacy Movement (RAM) partnership program that seeks to connect, build up, and protect community-focused industry, academic, and advocacy stakeholders in rare disorders. “Being a partner with the Rare Advocacy Movement (RAM) and a registered…

Group Calls for Support as FDA Orphan Drug Act Turns 40

In marking the 40th year of the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) — used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to spur treatment development for rare diseases — a life sciences industry coalition is calling on legislators and other policymakers to make a new commitment to finding therapies…

Survey to ID Barriers Facing Minorities With Rare Diseases

An upcoming U.S. survey, reported to be the first of its kind, aims for a better understanding of barriers to healthcare access and affordability among rare disease patients and caregivers in racial minority or other marginalized groups, and to help inform ways to remove them. The initiative is led by…

NORD Welcomes Renewal of FDA User Fees, But Wants More

While the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is pleased Congress voted to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee program — as part of a U.S. government short-term spending package (HR 6833) — it noted the legislation falls short in areas important to…