NEWS | March 28, 2019

World-renowned geneticist to speak at the MIND Institute on April 10

Distinguished lecturer Huda Zoghbi discovered gene that causes Rhett syndrome


Huda Zogbhi from Baylor College of Medicine will present “Genetic and neurophysiological approaches to tackle neurodevelopmental disorders” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, April 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. The hour-long presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

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Zoghbi is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also the founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Zoghbi received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a prestigious award that honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life.

Zoghbi’s distinguished research spans from childhood neurodevelopmental disorders to adult neurodegenerative diseases. After discovering the genes that cause certain neurodevelopmental disorders, including Rett syndrome, her team developed animal models to understand the mechanisms of these disorders and advance treatment options. This extensive research has provided important insight into more prevalent disorders such as autism, intellectual disabilities and bipolar disorder. Zoghbi will discuss how genetic research is helping to diagnose, understand, and even begin to develop therapeutics for these disorders.

The final lecture in the 2018-19 series:

  • May 8: “Brain immune interactions in neurodevelopment” with Staci Bilbo from Lurie Center for Autism

These presentations are intended for both professionals and community members. For more information, contact Felicia Carrillo at 916-703-0253 or For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or