Child Neurology Society member, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, winner of the 1988 CNS Young Investigator Award, is the recipient of the 2014 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. Along with receiving award at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Zoghbi delivered the 19th Annual March of Dimes Lecture on May 5: “Rett Syndrome and MECP2 Disorders: From the Clinic to Genes and Neurobiology."

Senior vice president for Research and Global Programs at the March of Dimes, Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, noted, "Dr. Zoghbi’s contributions to our understanding of several entirely different neurological disorders, including her finding of the genetic basis of Rett syndrome, have opened new areas of research. Her work influences the entire field of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders.”

As noted on the March of Dimes website, "The March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology has been awarded annually since 1996 to investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects. The March of Dimes Foundation created the Prize as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk shortly before his death in 1995. Dr. Salk received Foundation support for his work on the safe and effective polio vaccine. The prize is a cash award of $250,000 and a silver medal in the design of the Roosevelt dime, honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt, March of Dimes founder. In its 19-year history, the prize has been the crowning glory of a distinguished research career or a stepping stone on the path toward future honors for researchers."