The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

The 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize will be awarded on the evening of Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at The Rockefeller University. The recipient will be announced this fall.

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. Receives the 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Huda Zoghbi portraitThe 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize was awarded to Huda Zoghbi, M.D., pioneering neuroscientist from Baylor College of Medicine.  She was presented the Prize on the evening of Thursday December 5, 2013 by Ursula von Rydingsvard, the famed sculptor and Greengard Prize co-founder.

“Dr. Zoghbi exemplifies the spirit of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize,” said Dr. Greengard.“She is a trailblazing scientist whose work—in a field often dominated by men— stands to revolutionize the way we approach and treat some of the most complex and devastating diseases of our time. Despite considerable progress, women in the sciences still experience discrimination, and role models like Dr. Zoghbi are inspiring a proud new generation of women scientists.”

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. Named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize provides recognition of the accomplishments of women in science.


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December 6, 2013
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Pearl Meister Greengard Prize Winner Followed a Gut Feeling for 16 Years

Pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist Huda Y. Zoghbi won Rockefeller University's 10th annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which on Thursday night she attributed in part to following "a gut feeling." For 16 years, she tracked down a gene mutation that causes Rett Syndrome, a form of autism that only affects girls. None of her male colleagues supported her hunch that Rett Syndrome could be a genetic disorder. (read more)

December 4, 2013
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The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: Praising Pioneers in Biomedical Research

There is nothing particularly remarkable about a woman doing science. Any person -- man or woman -- who shows an intellectual curiosity combined with a strong work ethic, good decision making, and a little bit of luck can be successful in science. What is remarkable, however, is the severe underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. And for the few women who pursue these career endeavors, their achievements, however great, often go unsung. (read more)

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