Duncan NRI at Texas Children’s Hospital Accelerates Neurological Research and Therapies with Historic $10 Million Gift from Blue Bird Circle
The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (Duncan NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital announced today that it has received a $10 million donation from the Blue Bird Circle.
The Duncan NRI is a multidisciplinary group of more than 30 Baylor College of Medicine physicians and scientists working together to accelerate lifesaving research and develop effective therapies for the most complex and devastating neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. Led by renowned neurogeneticist, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, the Duncan NRI’s rapid discovery rate helps bridge the gap between basic research and lifesaving clinical care. Since its inception in 2010, Duncan NRI faculty have published more than 1,400 papers reporting exciting research advances, discovered or co-discovered dozens of disease-causing genes, and led to major breakthroughs in autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Founded in 1923, the Blue Bird Circle is Houston’s oldest organization of women who dedicate their time and effort to supporting pediatric neurology. This historic donation is made to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the Blue Bird Circle and brings the organization’s giving to Texas Children’s to more than $25 million. that will help advance life-changing neurological research at Duncan NRI.
“As we begin our 100th anniversary celebration, we are honored to mark this significant year with a transformational gift to Duncan NRI,” said Abigail Tonry, President of Blue Bird Circle. “Under the leadership of Dr. Huda Zoghbi, we know this gift will help further propel the important work of the Duncan NRI and keep it at the forefront of neurological research in Texas.”
The Blue Bird Circle has worked tirelessly for nearly 40 years to fund neurological research aimed at unraveling the mysteries of Rett Syndrome, a complex neurological disease that primarily affects young girls. At the Blue Bird Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, Blue Bird volunteers provide more than 5,000 hours of administrative support each year, the equivalent of three full-time employees. Since beginning its affiliation with Texas Children’s in 1998, the philanthropic organization’s substantial donations have helped open two research centers where clinical trials turn innovative discoveries into life-changing therapies. Through revenue generated from its volunteer-run Resale Shop and other fundraising activities, The Blue Bird Circle makes additional donations of more than $1 million each year to support children’s health in Texas.
“In 1983, the Blue Bird Circle provided the seed grant that enabled my initial research into Rett syndrome,” said Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of Duncan NRI at Texas Children’s Hospital, emeritus service professor at Baylor College. of Medicine and Howard Hughes. Medical Institute Investigator. “Since then, we have been able to make great strides in our research, leading to several exciting discoveries. This $10 million gift enables the Duncan NRI to expand the reach of our translational research and accelerate the trajectory of therapies from lab to patient.
For more information about the Duncan NRI or to donate to fund research, please visit nri.texaschildrens.org.