Francie Fitzgerald

Francie Fitzgerald

Neuroscience (USA)

Francie Fitzgerald is a recent graduate from the Honors College at the University of Notre Dame where she studied Neuroscience. Since being diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome at the age of 15, Francie has devoted herself wholeheartedly to bettering the lives of those affected by dysautonomia. Subsequently focusing her studies on physiology and the autonomic nervous system, she has become active in the review of research proposals to private philanthropies and nonprofit organizations. Francie was ultimately diagnosed with classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome after developing multiple pain syndromes and immune-mediated co-morbidities. She continually strives to educate others on these conditions, often narrating her treatment experiences through an online blog, organizing rare and invisible illness awareness events, speaking publicly on her college campus, and hosting fundraising campaigns to raise money for research. Francie is proud to have worked with Amicus Therapeutics where she learned a great deal about rare disease patient advocacy within the biopharmaceutical industry. Francie is currently preparing for a graduate program that will focus on the intersection of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and their comorbidities.