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Thursday, Sep. 21, 2023

Dr. Olivier Lichtarge receives the 2023 Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award

Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D., Cullen Chair and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Principal Investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, 

Monday, Aug. 28, 2023

Dr. Davut Pehlivan awarded a prestigious research grant by the Doris Duke Foundation

Davut Pehlivan, MD, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine and instructor of Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital, was among 21 physician-scientists across the nation who recently received funding support from the Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) for advancing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases by strengthening and supporting the clinical research. 

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023

Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine launch a new clinical genomic sequencing program to help patients with an undiagnosable condition

Known disease-causing gene variants have been found in about 35% of children with severe developmental and severe childhood diseases.

Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2023

Baylor and Texas Children’s team presents major advances in treating OCD at a Congressional briefing

A team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital recently made groundbreaking advances in treating patients suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). These findings were presented at the bipartisan Congressional Neuroscience Caucus briefing on June 14, 2023 by Dr.

Monday, Jul. 03, 2023

Dr. Benjamin Deneen awarded the NINDS Outstanding Investigator Award

  Dr. Benjamin Deneen, professor and Dr. Russell J. and Marian K. Blattner Chair in neurosurgery and director of the Center for Cancer Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Outstanding Investigator Award.

Tuesday, May. 09, 2023

Drs. Bajikar and Ye receive the 2022 NRI Zoghbi Scholar Awards

Dr. Sameer Bajikar and Dr. Qi Ye are the recipients of the 2022 NRI Zoghbi Scholar Award, a special prize established in 2017 by Dr.

Tuesday, May. 09, 2023

The Cain Foundation Labs for Pediatric Neurology Research welcomes two faculty members

The Gordon and Mary Cain Pediatric Neurology Research Foundation Laboratories at Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of two faculty members - Dr. Hsiao Tuan Chao and Dr.

Tuesday, May. 09, 2023

Dr. Kara Marshall named HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar

HOUSTON – (May 9, 2023) - Dr. Kara Marshall, assistant professor of neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, has been named a Freeman Hrabowski Scholar by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). She is among 31 scientists from across the country recognized as outstanding early career faculty members with the potential to become leaders in their research fields and create diverse and inclusive lab environments in which everyone can thrive.

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023

Duncan NRI honors Henry Engel's legacy to Rett research

The balcony on the 7th floor of the state-of-the-art Duncan NRI auditorium has been dedicated to the memory of Henry Engel, son of Richard and Mary Engel, who had Rett Syndrome and passed away in Aug 2022. This condition mainly affects girls and is very rare in boys. Henry carried a one-of-a-kind mutation in the MECP2 gene, detailed studies of which have helped Dr. Huda Zoghbi and her team better understand this rare genetic condition with the eventual goal of developing therapies for patients with this devastating disorder. 

Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2023

The Brain & Life podcast features Richard Engel and Dr. Huda Zoghbi

In the latest episode of the Brain & Life® podcast from the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Audrey Nath and Dr. Daniel Correa speak with Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, whose son Henry passed away from Rett syndrome, a rare childhood genetic developmental disorder. Richard shares Henry’s legacy and his family’s experience with the condition.

Monday, Mar. 06, 2023

Drs. Huda Zoghbi and Maria Elena Botazzi inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame

Both are being honored during Women's History Month for their contributions to improve the quality of life for Texas women

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

Dr. Dongwon Lee receives an Early Career Investigator Award from National Ataxia Foundation

Dr. Dongwon Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Mingshan Xue, a principal investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (Duncan NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, was recently selected for an Early Career Investigator Award by the National Ataxia Foundation.

Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2023

KU Leuven awards honorary doctorate to Dr. Zoghbi

A prestigious research university in Belgium and one of the oldest Universities in Europe, Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Duncan NRI director, Dr. Huda Zoghbi on February 2, 2023. She was among five other leading luminaries in the fields of scientific research and arts who were conferred honorary degrees during the Patron Saint's Day celebrations this year. Learn More

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine researchers solve a 40-year medical mystery

Nicholas Lewis, a Houstonian in his forties, has struggled all his life with a mysterious neurological condition with symptoms ranging from developmental delay, intellectual disability, speech delay, and migraines to bilateral hearing loss. Despite decades of searching for answers, he and his family could not find a definite diagnosis for his mystery condition until recently.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Dr. Hsiao Tuan Chao inducted into the Society for Pediatric Research

Child neurologist and Duncan NRI investigator, Dr. Hsiao Tuan Chao, is among the 160 new members who were inducted into the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR). The Society encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a multidisciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children’s health.  She is one of six Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital faculty who were chosen by SPR this year.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Boeynaems awarded CPRIT grant to study stress response in cells

Stress is a universal feature of life, but some organisms are better equipped to cope and thrive during stressful periods of time. That isn’t always the case when it comes to humans. Stress at the cellular level is involved in numerous human diseases, from age-related neurodegeneration to cancer. So, what exactly is at play during a successful or unsuccessful stress response, and can stress responses be modulated to treat patients?

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

An image from the Arenkiel lab featured on the cover of Genes and Development

The brain has a sometimes surprising capacity to adapt to the constantly changing environment. This plasticity can make it possible to recover abilities after brain injury or to learn a new task or language.