2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize Ceremony
|Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:00 p.m. Registration
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Prize Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception
The Rockefeller University
York Avenue at 66th Street
For more information:
Emmeline Cardozo at (212) 327-8696
Huda Y. Zoghbi
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital
In the nervous system, even small genetic blunders can have huge biological consequences. Mistakes in key genes can cripple our ability to move, speak, and interact with the world. Using some of the most advanced techniques in genetics and cell biology, Huda Zoghbi, M.D. and her collaborators have unraveled the genetic underpinnings of a number of devastating neurological disorders, including Rett syndrome and spinocerebellar ataxia type 1. Their discoveries have provided new ways of thinking about more common neurological disorders, including autism, intellectual disability, and Parkinson's disease, and could lead to better treatments for such conditions. Commenting on how she was drawn to disorders that affect the brain, Dr. Zoghbi has noted, “Neurology grabbed me because of how logical it is. You observe the patient, analyze her symptoms and work backward to figure out exactly which part of the brain is responsible for the problem. It’s like a puzzle.”
Dr. Zoghbi earned a B.Sc. from the American University of Beirut and an M.D. from that university and Meharry Medical College, in Nashville. She conducted postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine, where she now serves as a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, and neuroscience. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Zoghbi has received numerous other honors including the Gruber Prize in Neuroscience, the Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Research, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Neuroscience Distinguished Achievement Award.
Special Guest Speaker:
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Ursula von Rydingsvard has been working in Brooklyn for the past 30 years. Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Storm King Art Center and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In September 2013, her work “Ona” was permanently installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the University’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the University, created this major international prize. The prize is name in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him.