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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.

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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.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Dr. Schaaf to speak at Houston's first Rare Disease Day

This event is organized by the Health Museum along with Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to educate families on rare diseases.

Tuesday, Feb. 09, 2016

Baylor and UCB launch a Neurodegenerative Disease Collaboration

Baylor College of Medicine and UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, announced a strategic research alliance to find therapies for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016

Dr. Huda Zoghbi to receive the Nemmers Prize

The prize money will be added to the Huda Zoghbi Mentorship Fund that is used to support career development for young women who want to begin a career in biomedical research.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Zoghbi to receive the prestigious Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Award

The NAS presents the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal every two years for outstanding research in the medical sciences.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

NRI researchers receive a SFARI grant for a functional screen of autism-associated variants

Drs. Michael Wangler and Shinya Yamamoto’s project titled, “In vivo functional analysis of autism candidate genes” is among the five projects that will be funded by the Simon’s Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Prof. Andrea Ballabio to receive the 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize

Established in 1986, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine is awarded each year to experienced researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of biomedical research in Europe.