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Huda al-Zughbi… The Lebanese doctor nominated for Noble and discovered Rhett syndrome

Born in Beirut in 1954, Lebanese doctor Hoda al-Zughbi grew up in the coastal city, studied biology at the American University of Beirut in 1973, and entered the university’s medical school two years later.
She travelled to Texas, United States of America, after the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975, was admitted to Mehari Medical College, received a doctor’s degree in medicine in 1979, and then attended Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor Medical College, where she was awarded a job as a resident pediatrician.
Zugbi decided to specialize in cardiology in children, and during her seizures in pediatric nervous system medicine, the head of the department, Marvin Fishman, convinced her that the brain was a more interesting device than the heart, so she began her postdoctoral research study in pediatric nervous system medicine, after completing her stay in 1982.
Between 1982 and 1985, Zaghbi was conducting postdoctoral research in pediatric neurology at the Baylor School of Medicine, received the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College in 1988, promoted to associate professor in 1991 and reached the rank of professor in 1994.
Dr. Huda exercises her role as a professor of pediatrics, genetics and neuroscience. She teaches neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, in addition to her work as a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is managed by the Jean and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Pediatric Hospital ology. (RETT syndrome), a brain disease that affects young girls in their first years, where suddenly suffer from strong symptoms such as stuttering speech, difficulty learning and walking, through seizures, until the patient’s suffering starts due to difficulty moving.
Zaghbi also discovered the “Rett syndrome gene” through a genetic test used for early and accurate diagnosis of the syndrome, revealed that genetic mutations can confuse other psychological and neurological traits, confusing autism with schizophrenia, and provided scientific evidence to demonstrate the genetic map of the autism spectrum.

Lebanese doctor Huda al-Zaghbi was able to draw the attention of several academic and scientific institutions that nominate names for the Nobel Foundation every year, becoming the first Arab woman to be named among the candidates likely to win the prize in 2020. Zaghbi married her colleague Dr. William Alzaghbi, and she has a son and daughter in the United States of America.

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