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Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

Bellen Lab researcher receives the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Named for the late Dr. Harold Weintraub, the award honors Weintraub's scientific leadership in the field of molecular biology and his legacy as an extraordinary mentor, colleague, collaborator and friend.

Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

We have our USP7 family

For most of our 7-year-old daughter Tess's life, we've been on our own. Her ultra-rare mutation in her USP7 gene has no awareness day, bumper sticker or fun run.

Wednesday, May. 03, 2017

Now there are eight

USP7 is like the rheostat that controls your lights, in one key way: it allows precise fine-tuning within those cells, so the protein recycling happens just right.

Wednesday, May. 03, 2017

NRI physician-scientists receive prestigious research scholarships from the American Academy of Neurology

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 members.

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Dr. Zoghbi honored with the 2017 Gairdner Canada International Award

This award recognizes some of the most significant medical discoveries from around the world.

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Reagan's story

Reagan was diagnosed with a catastrophic seizure disorder called infantile spasms, for which there is no cure.

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

NRI researchers featured in Spectrum News and The Atlantic

This article, titled, "Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race" was first published in the Spectrum, a leading source of news and expert opinion on autism and republished in The Atlantic.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

My journey from a patient to a scientist

For six months now, I have been doing research on Angelman Syndrome. I have learned advanced laboratory techniques, received hands-on experience with mice and conducted an experiment that I submitted for the school science fair.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Why I am a passionate advocate for research in rare diseases

Most people have never heard of Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Several years ago, I had never heard of it either, but today, finding a cure for this disease has become my life’s mission.

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Our long journey to a SON diagnosis

In 2013, we met and consulted with Dr. Christian Schaaf. Recently, he had identified genetic mutations responsible for two new neurological disorders, and we felt very hopeful that he may be able to find an answer for Kylie’s mysterious condition.

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016

Huda Zoghbi awarded the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine 2016

The prize honors individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016

Dr. Huda Zoghbi - An Advisor to the Exciting New Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, founders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, announced a $3-billion-dollar pledge to go towards an ambitious goal of preventing, curing or managing all diseases by the end of the century.

Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2016

Dr. Christian Schaaf featured in TMC News

Read an amazing story in TMC Pulse about the powerful impact of social media on modern medicine.

Monday, Sep. 05, 2016

Dr. Van Den Veyver begins her term as the president of International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis

Established in 1996, the mission of the ISPD is to offer the best prenatal diagnosis and fetal care, with a large focus on prenatal genetics.

Monday, Jul. 11, 2016

Neurological Research Institute hosts a unique symposium on Neurodegeneration

Recently, 400 people from around the world gathered at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Auditorium to attend an exciting two-day symposium organized by the Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Friday, Jun. 10, 2016


In 2014, our daughter Maya was diagnosed with Atypical TPP1 Deficiency (aka SCAR 7). At the time of her diagnosis, she was the eighth reported case in the world.

Sunday, Jun. 05, 2016

Dr. Christian Schaaf featured on NPR

The journey of Milo Lorentzen reveals what Dr. Christian Schaaf says are two major inadequacies in genetic medicine — the absence of support for families whose kids are ill but don't yet have a diagnosis, and the lack of a clearinghouse where families and researchers can find one another.

Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

NRI researcher Genevera Allen receives the NSF CAREER Award

CAREER awards support the research and educational development of young scholars who are likely to become leaders in their field.

Friday, Mar. 04, 2016

Dr. Sillitoe receives the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Sillitoe combines molecular genetics, neuroanatomical tract tracing, biochemistry, and imaging to investigate the developmental origins of disorders that affect circuit formation.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Dr. Christian Schaaf named inagural recipient of the Seldin-Smith Award for pioneering research

The Seldin-Smith Award was established by the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) to recognize the most promising young physician-scientists in the country.