Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Geneticist Awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Texas Geneticist Awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine

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A renowned molecular geneticist from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who identified gene mutations that lead to brain disorders will receive the University of Pittsburgh's Dickson Prize in Medicine.

Huda Y. Zoghbi discovered the gene mutation that causes Rett syndrome, a pediatric disorder in which children lose language and motor skills, and the mutation leading to spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 that causes progressive balance and coordination difficulties. Her lab also identified a gene that plays a critical role in formation of a wide range of cell types, including inner ear hair cells and intestinal secretory cells.

"Her work continues to demonstrate the role that basic genetics and molecular neuroscience can play in understanding complex brain disorders," said Arthur S. Levine, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which presents the annual award that recognizes innovative biomedical research.

She will accept the prize during Science 2013 -- Convergence, the Pitt showcase of scientific research to be held Oct. …

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