Texas Children's Hospital is already home to scientists recognized for their revolutionary work in genetics and neurology. The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital will build on this strength and the visionary leadership of Drs. Huda Zoghbi, John Swann, and the late Dr. Ralph D. Feigin.
Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., Endowed Chair
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Member, Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences
"We will use research in the true sense of multidisciplinary research as a tool to eventually get treatments in patients. Whether they are childhood or adult neurodegenerative diseases, they can be reversed if we can figure out how to intervene."
Internationally renowned scientist Dr. Huda Zoghbi serves as director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Dr. Zoghbi first made headlines when she co-discovered the gene that causes spinocerebellar ataxia type 1, a crippling neurological disease. She and her team then discovered that mutations in MeCP2 cause the neurodevelopmental disease Rett syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.