Dara Riva

Director of Clinical Research Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Dara has worked at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 2017. Previously, she was a science officer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and Research Associate for the Frederick National Laboratory supporting the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dara is committed to helping find a cure for her two children who have CF, Maximilian and Penelope, and actively fundraises for the Maryland Chapter. She is also a member of the Family Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins CF Care Center where her children receive their care. Dara lives in Frederick, Md., and, in her spare time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs, Marshall and Molly.

Blog Posts


Although I'm glad that my two children with cystic fibrosis will soon have the opportunity to try Trikafta, I am also a little worried about whether they will have side effects and how well they will do on the drug long-term.

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As a mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, I am glad to hear that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is launching the Infection Research Initiative to address the chronic infections that dramatically impact the lives of people with CF.

| 6 min read