Cure Autism Now has awarded a $100,000 Genius Grant to Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Cure Autism Now genius awards were established to recruit the best scientific minds to focus their attention on autism for a two-year period...devoting their laboratory staff and brain power to our cause.
Dr. Zoghbi discovered mutations in the MECP2 gene responsible for Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one in every 15,000 girls. Similar to autism, affected children appear to develop normally for the first year to 18 months of life then lose their acquired skills.
Dr. Zoghbi is a professor with appointments in the Department of Pediatrics, Neurology, Molecular and Human Genetics, Division of Neuroscience, Programs in Developmental Biology and Interdisciplinary Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
She received her M.D. from the American University of Beirut/Meharry Medical College, in 1979 and did postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine.