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Hearst’s Ellen Levine to Interview Pioneering Mental Health Researchers Dr. Dolores Malaspina and Dr. Myrna Weissman at Brain & Behavior Research Foundation New York Women’s Luncheon

April 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Ellen Levine, former Editorial Director at Hearst Magazines, will lead a wide-ranging conversation with pioneering mental health researchers Dolores Malaspina, M.D. and Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s Women Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness Luncheon. The luncheon will raise money to help the Foundation—the top non-governmental funder of mental health research—accomplish its mission to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness by funding research that will lead to better diagnosis and treatment. The luncheon committee is co-chaired by Suzanne Golden, Carole Mallement and Barbara Streicker. Tickets are $350. To make a reservation, email rlaquercia@bbrfoundation.org; or call 646-681-4878. For more information about BBRF, visit www.bbrfoundation.org

Dr. Malaspina, the Anita & Joseph Steckler Professor of Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, and host of the Psychiatry Show on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio, has spent her career working to understand schizophrenia, which afflicts her younger sister. Her groundbreaking work found that a quarter of all people living with schizophrenia may owe their symptoms to spontaneous mutations in paternal sperm, which are more likely to occur in older fathers. Still a practicing clinician, Dr. Malaspina has received two Young Investigator Grants, as well as Independent and Distinguished Investigator Grants from the Foundation.

Dr. Weissman, the Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), specializes in understanding rates and risks of mood and anxiety disorders, and is working to bring psychiatric epidemiology closer to translational studies in neuroscience and genetics. For more than 30 years, she has directed a three-generation study of families at risk for depression. She also directs a study to determine the impact of maternal remission from depression on children and was one of the developers of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for depression. Dr. Weissman is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Council, a three time Distinguished Investigator Grantee, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

EVENT: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s Women Breaking the Silence About Metal Illness Luncheon

DATE: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TIME: 11 a.m. reception; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. luncheon

PLACE: Metropolitan Club: One East 60th Street, Manhattan

REGISTER: Email rlaquercia@bbrfoundation.org or call 646-681-4878

ATTIRE: Business attire and gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie

About the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
For the past 30 years the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The Foundation funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders. These disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $360 million to fund more than 5,000 grants to more than 4,000 leading scientists around the world. This has led to over $3.5 billion in additional funding for these scientists. The Foundation is also dedicated to educating the public about mental health and the importance of research, including the impact that new discoveries have on improving the lives of those with mental illness, which will ultimately enable people to live full, happy and productive lives. For more information, visit www.bbrfoundation.org.


April 25, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Metropolitan Club
One East 60th Street
New York, NY United States

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