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The Dickson Prize in Medicine

The Dickson Prize in Medicine is awarded annually to a leading American investigator who is engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research. Previous winners >

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2013 Dickson Prize Goes to Zoghbi

Prize is Pitt School of Medicine’s most prestigious annual award

Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD, is the recipient of the 2013 Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Zoghbi is best known for her discovery of the molecular basis of Rett syndrome, which opened a new field of neurobiology and epigenetic regulation that now influences the study of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Her laboratory uses genetic, behavioral, and cell biological approaches to explore neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Zoghbi is director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics, of molecular and human genetics, of neurology, and of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, where she is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Dr. Zoghbi is a recipient of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research, the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, the Gruber Neuroscience Prize, and many other honors. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Zoghbi will deliver the Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture on Thursday, October 3, at the opening plenary session for Science2013—Convergence, the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and research. To learn more, visit

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Annual Showcase


Pitt’s annual science festival highlights the strengths of the University and the region in science, engineering, medicine, and computation, as well as the collective effect of research and advances in these fields on local economic development. Plans for Science2013—Convergence, scheduled for October 2–4 in Alumni Hall, are taking shape.

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Committee Members

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Winning Medal Performance

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