And the winners are...

One Mind has partnered in 2014 with Johnson & Johnson Innovation to offer 2 Rising Star Research Awards, and the winners have just been selected. Each winner will receive a total of $250,000 over three years to pursue their winning research proposal. And the winners are:

Jean-Martin Beaulieu Brain Scientist One MindJean-Martin Beaulieu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University, has won the 2014 One Mind / Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Translational Research Award. With his award, he aims to develop safer, targeted mood stabilizing drugs by testing, in cell culture and in mice, small molecules which his past research suggests might replicate the therapeutic effect of lithium with minimal side effect.

Stephanie Dulawa Brain Scientist One MindStephanie Dulawa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of Chicago, has won the 2014 One Mind / Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Depression Research Award in Memory of George Largay. She aims to use her grant to discover the mechanisms by which a new class of serotonergic molecule works to rapidly relieve depressive behavior in mice, to reveal targets for the development of fast-onset, safe antidepressant drugs.

We at One Mind send our heartfelt congratulations to these two outstanding scientists. Our thanks go to all those who applied. We also thank the family and college and business school friends of George Largay for their amazing generosity in making Dr. Dulawa’s award possible.

Below is the official press release:

One Mind (One Mind) Announces
2014 One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Research Awards

June 23, 2014, Rutherford, CA – One Mind (One Mind) has announced its 2014 One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Research Awards, which are sponsored by One Mind and Johnson & Johnson Innovation. One Mind and Johnson & Johnson Innovation identify and fund critical and cutting edge research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders. One Mind serves as an umbrella organization to provide support for mental health research.

The 2014 One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Translational Research Award winner is Jean-Martin Beaulieu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University.  The 2014 One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Depression Research Award in memory of George Largay is Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of Chicago. Beaulieu is being recognized for his research to develop safer, targeted mood stabilizing drugs by testing, in cell culture and in mice, small molecules which his past research suggests might replicate the therapeutic effect of lithium with minimal side effect. Dulawa is being recognized for her efforts to discover the mechanisms by which a new class of molecule works to rapidly relieve depressive behavior in mice, to reveal targets for the development of fast-onset, safe antidepressant drugs.

Given the challenges of finding therapies for psychiatric disorders, the One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Rising Star awards aim to encourage the community of neuroscience researchers to direct their efforts toward translational science while supporting the research of emerging leaders in the field.

The 2014 One Mind/Johnson & Johnson Rising Star Research Award winners were selected with the assistance and recommendations of the One Mind scientific advisory board, which includes ten of the leading brain scientists in the world, noted for their pioneering research in their respective fields. Each Rising Star recipient will receive $250,000 to fund research for their studies.

The grant recipients will be presented at the 20th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health on Saturday, September 13th, at Staglin Family Vineyard, in Rutherford, CA. This year’s two-day festival features “Science & Sizzle” with multiple GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Jewel, who has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, and the high energy blues, soul and rock sounds of rising recording stars Vintage Trouble. Vintage Trouble kicks off the festival on Saturday, September 13th on the intimate Staglin Family Vineyard stage, and Jewel brings her classic sounds and legendary music to the Lincoln Theater stage in Yountville, Napa Valley on Sunday, September 14th. The 20th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health benefits One Mind (“One Mind“), One Mindââ€_¢, and the Tug McGraw Foundation, partnering to support research, education, treatment, and fight the stigma surrounding mental health.

Early bird festival passes purchased prior to August 1, 2014 begin at $750 for a one-day Saturday pass, $1100 for a two-day weekend pass. Sunday sponsor packages begin at $5000, and two-day weekend sponsor packages begin at $25,000. VIP sponsor opportunities, including Saturday’s post-concert VIP dinner and Sunday’s VIP benefits begin at $50,000. Passes are available at www.music-festival.org. For sponsor opportunities please call Cindy Dyar at (707) 963-4038 or email Cindy@onemindinstitute.org or visit www.music-festival.org. Admission to the September 13 symposium only is free with prior registration. Proceeds to benefit mental health research projects throughout the nation.

Donations to the Music Festival for Brain Health may be made on-line at music-festival.org, or by sending a check to One Mind, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that sponsors the Music Festival. Please mail donations to: P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, Calif., 94573.

For more information, please call Cindy Dyar at (707) 963-4038 or email Cindy@onemindinstitute.org or visit www.music-festival.org.

About One Mind

One Mind is committed to funding cutting-edge research and supporting innovative services to better diagnose, treat, prevent, and, ultimately, cure severe psychiatric diseases within a generation. One Mind is families and individuals whose lives have been touched by brain diseases – and who have catalyzed amazing advances in psychiatric research over two decades. Contributors to One Mind have resulted in over $175 million for research, and funded discoveries to improve lives now and tomorrow. www.onemind.org

About the Tug McGraw Foundation

TMF was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of the disease. Recognizing that other areas of brain research-such as traumatic brain injury and Posttraumatic Stress -inform the science surrounding brain cancer, TMF has widened its scope to include a broader spectrum of the neuroscience to support advances in medical care and quality of life for our nation’s battle-wounded, ill and injured service members. www.tugmcgraw.org

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