Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston has announced a $10 million gift from Charif Souki in support of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI).
The gift will establish the Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. Director’s Endowment in honor of Zoghbi, the director of the institute and a professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Baylor College of Medicine. Building on NRI’s strengths in genetics, neuroscience, and pediatrics, the endowment will support research on the neurobiology of diseases, with the goal of identifying potential therapeutic paths and developing treatments for a range of neurological and psychiatric diseases, including autism, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. In recognition of the gift, the NRI atrium will be named in Souki’s honor.
"I am so honored by the continued generosity of Charif Souki," said Zogbi. "It takes a truly interdisciplinary team of researchers to understand and solve brain disorders our patients are suffering from….With this new round of funding, I am confident the NRI team will be able to make great headway to help more patients, both children and adults, with disorders such as Rett syndrome, Batten disease, addiction, bi-polar, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s."
"I am a huge supporter of Dr. Zoghbi and the incredible work she and her team are doing at the NRI," said Souki, co-founder and board chair of Tellurian, a liquefied natural gas company. "I hope this gift will allow NRI investigators to make advancements in several neurological diseases that children and adults all over the world are battling today."
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“Charif Souki Funds Neurological Research Through $10 Million Gift to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.” Texas Children’s Hospital Press Release 11/15/2017.