September 16, 2019, Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA – The Staglin family celebrated a quarter-century of important advances in science and a new financial milestone at the 25th Music Festival for Brain Health on September 14th in the Napa Valley. The 2019 event raised over $9 million to benefit One Mind. In addition, the Staglin family and the One Mind Board of Directors announced that over $64 million in follow-up funding has been raised in 2019 bringing the 25-year cumulative total, including direct contributions and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of initial research funding from festival proceeds, to over $450 million dollars since 1995. One Mind is the nation’s leading private-public mental health organization dedicated to curing brain-related diseases, including depression, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and bipolar illness, focusing on issues including funding, research, advocacy, open science principles, and anti-stigma.
Co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin, along with their children Brandon and Shannon, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Congressman Mike Thompson, and the Board of Directors welcomed over 500 supporters, scientists, and friends to celebrate life and raise awareness of the causes and cures for physiological brain disorders.
“For a quarter-century, the Music Festival for Brain Health has been instrumental in not only raising a significant amount of money but supporting the science and scientists who have accelerated important advances in brain health care,” stated One Mind Co-Founder Garen Staglin. “With over $450 million raised and several discoveries already helping millions, the Music Festival for Brain Health has become the nation’s leading catalyst for brain health. We are energized more than ever by the success of science translating to effective prevention and treatments for brain disorders.”
The 25th Annual festival began with a scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker John Krystal, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Krystal is a world leader in research on post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, moderated the symposium.
A symposium highlight was the announcement and presentations of the 2019 Rising Star Awards. These awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders. One Mind’s Scientific Advisory Board selected; Stephan Lammel, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award in Honor of the Late Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D., Laura Lewis, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Bettina Bryant Rising Star Depression Research Award in Honor of Dr. Fridolin Sulser, Jennifer M. Coughlin, M.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Gifford Foundation Rising Star Schizophrenia Research Award, Denise Cai, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Otsuka Rising Star Research Award, and Carl Sellgren Majkowitz, M.D, Ph.D., winner of the 2019 One Mind – Kaiser Permanente Rising Star Research Award.
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