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Margaret Conn Himelfarb

Margaret Conn Himelfarb, an editor and medical research advocate, has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Ms. Himelfarb is widely recognized for raising public awareness about diabetes and stem cell research. She has testified before the FDA and served on various committees of the National Institutes of Health. Her advocacy efforts include leading a successful national campaign for a Diabetes Awareness U.S. Postage Stamp and directing the statewide legislative campaign that was instrumental in establishing the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.

Ms. Himelfarb serves on the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Institutional Review Board and Health Advisory Board as well as Advisory Committees for the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. She was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, which she now chairs. She is also a member of the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

Ms. Himelfarb is a founder, past Chair, and the first Honorary Lifetime Board Member of the Maryland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A former Trustee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, she currently sits on the Foundation's International Board of Chancellors. She has also reviewed research grants for JDRF for over 15 years.

Ms. Himelfarb has received several humanitarian awards as well as the Johns Hopkins Alumni Heritage Award. She was honored with an Inspiration Award at the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit, and, in 2012, the Daily Record named her one of its Top 100 Women.