hhmi: Huda Zoghbi Receives Canada Gairdner International Award for Research on Rett Syndrome

HHMI Investigator Huda Zoghbi is one of seven scientists honored with prestigious awards from Canada's Gairdner Foundation.

The Gairdner Foundation announced today that Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator Huda Y. Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine is a recipient of the prestigious 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award in recognition of her contributions to medical science.

The awards, which are presented annually, recognize scientists responsible for some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries.

Zoghbi, who became an HHMI investigator in 1996, was honored for the discovery of the genetic basis of Rett syndrome and its implications for autism spectrum disorders.

Zoghbi and her collaborators have unraveled the genetic underpinnings of a number of devastating neurological disorders, including Rett syndrome and spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1). Their discoveries have provided new ways of thinking about more common neurological disorders, including autism, intellectual disability, and Parkinson’s disease, and could lead to better treatments.

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