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Leadership

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.


Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D., Director

  • 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.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Baylor College of Medicine
Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience
Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute
at Texas Children's Hospital
1250 Moursund St., Suite 1350
Houston, TX 77030

To learn more, contact nri_info@texaschildrens.org


John W. Swann, Ph.D., Co-Director

"Pediatric neurological diseases are bigger than any one lab. They are bigger than any one investigator. It's going to take a team."  

Dr. John W. Swann is the Co-director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and the scientific director of Texas Children's Gordon and Mary Cain Pediatric Neurology Research Foundation Laboratories, where clinicians and research scientists are focused on understanding and ultimately curing the causes of childhood seizure disorders. Dr. Swann has shown that intractable focal seizures are related to problems in the early growth and migration of neurons. With the help of developmental neurobiologists and bioinformaticians, Dr. Swann's laboratory is working on identifying the molecules that could correct these errors.

  • Email: jswann@bcm.edu
  • Phone: 832-824-3969
  • Fax: 832-825-1248
  • Address:

Baylor College of Medicine
Departments of Pediatrics and Neuroscience
The Cain Foundation Laboratories
Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute
at Texas Children's Hospital
1250 Moursund St., Suite 1225
Houston, TX 77030

To learn more, contact nri_info@texaschildrens.org