Past Benefit Luncheons

12th Annual Gray Matters at Columbia Benefit Luncheon- April 30, 2019

Program

Research and Treatment for Eating Disorders and Associated Conditions

Honoree

The Stewart J. Rahr Foundation              
Felicia Bersh               
Advocate for Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery              
Accepted the Award on Behalf of The Foundation

Faculty Speaker

Evelyn Attia, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Columbia Center for Eating Disorders
Clinical Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute

2018-2019 Gray Matters Fellows

  • Christopher Anacker, PhD – Research Focus: Neuroscience
  • Randy P. Auerbach, PhD, ABPP – Research Focus: Depression and Suicide
  • Joanna Steinglass, MD – Research Focus: Eating Disorders

Benefit Co-Chairs

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Karen and Mitchell Kuflik/ The Sallie Foundation * Nancy Pokojny and Scott DiMaggio * Patricia and William Ramonas * Karen and Robert Sobel/ The Sallie Foundation * Melissa and Bruce Spohler

Sponsors

  • AllianceBernstein
  • Sunovion

11th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon- April 26, 2018

Program: Research and Treatment of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Faculty Speaker:

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Special Guest Speaker:

Andrea Petersen
Author of On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety
Contributing Writer at The Wall Street Journal

2017-2018 Gray Matters Fellows:

Christine Ann Denny, PhD – Research Focus: Depression, Neuroscience

Guillermo Horga, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Eleanor Murphy, PhD – Research Focus: Depression

Benefit Co-Chairs:

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Karen and Mitchell Kuflik/ The Sallie Foundation * Nancy Pokojny and Scott DiMaggio * Patricia and William Ramonas * Karen and Robert Sobel/ The Sallie Foundation * Diana and P. Roy Vagelos, MD

Sponsors: AllianceBernstein * Sunovion

10th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon- May 9, 2017

Program: Precision Psychiatry

Faculty Speaker:

Sander Markx, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Center for Precision Neuropsychiatry

Special Guest Speaker:

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

2016-2017 Gray Matters Fellows:

Edmund Griffin, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Substance Use Disorders

Martin Picard, PhD – Research Focus: Behavioral Medicine

Ardesheer Talati, PhD – Research Focus: Epidemiology

Benefit Co-Chairs:

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Nancy Pokojny and Scott DiMaggio * Patricia and William Ramonas * The Sallie Foundation * Diana and P. Roy Vagelos, MD

Sponsors: AllianceBernstein * Sunovion

9th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – May 10, 2016

Program: Depression Research and Treatment

Honoree:            

Audrey Gruss   
Founder and Chair, Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Faculty Speakers:

Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD

René  Hen, PhD

Jonathan Javitch, MD, PhD

Steven P. Roose, MD

Special Guest Speaker:

Patrick Roche

Spoken Word Poet

2015-2016 Gray Matters Fellows:

Aimee Campbell, PhD, MSSW – Research Focus: Substance Use Disorders

Amy Margolis, PhD – Research Focus: Learning Disabilities

Bret Rutherford, PhD – Research Focus: Aging Brain and Depression

2015-2016 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Seed Grant Awardees:

Guarav Patel, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD – Research Focus: Autism, Schizophrenia

Benefit Co-Chairs:

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Patricia and William Ramonas * The Sallie Foundation * Diana and P. Roy Vagelos, MD

Sponsors: Philosophy: Hope & Grace Initiative * Sunovion * The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation

8th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – April 29, 2015

Program: Addiction Research and Treatment

Keynote Speaker:

Nora D. Volkow, MD
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health

Special Guest Speaker:

Ana Marie Cox
Author and Journalist

2014-2015 Gray Matters Fellows:

Sander Markx, MD – Research Focus: Autism, Schizophrenia

Diana Martinez, MD – Research Focus: Addiction

Marisa Spann, PhD – Research Focus: Childhood Mental Health

Kathleen Taylor, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

2014-2015 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Seed Grant Awardees:

Guillermo Horga, MD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Kathleen Taylor, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Benefit Co-Chairs:

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Patricia and William Ramonas * The Sallie Foundation

Sponsors: Genentech * Sunovion * Sunspire Health * The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation

7th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – May 12, 2014

Honoree:            

Dana Buchman
Fashion Designer and Founding Chair, Promise Project

Faculty Speaker:

Moira Rynn, MD

Special Advocacy Award:

Giuseppe Bruno
Owner, Sistina Restaurant

Special Guest Speaker:

Glenn Close
Co-Founder, Bring Change 2 Mind

2013-2014 Gray Matters Fellows:

Rachel Marsh, PhD – Research Focus: Pediatric Neuroimaging

Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA – Research Focus: Depression

Sander Markx, MD – Research Focus: Autism, Schizophrenia

2013-2014 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Seed Grant Awardee:

Holly Moore, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Benefit Co-Chairs:

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Patricia and William Ramonas * The Sallie Foundation

Sponsors: Sunovion * The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation

6th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – April 15, 2013

Honoree:            

Andrew Solomon
National Book Award-Winning Author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Faculty Speaker:

Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Anxiety Disorders Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute

2012-2013 Gray Matters Fellows:

Amir Levine, MD – Research Focus: Substance Use Disorders

Sander Markx, MD – Research Focus: Autism, Schizophrenia

Rachel Marsh, PhD – Research Focus: Pediatric Neuroimaging

2012-2013 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Seed Grant Awardee:

Holly Moore, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Sponsors: Forest Laboratories, Inc. * Novartis * Sunovion * The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation

5th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – April 25, 2012

Honoree:           

Gwyneth Paltrow

Faculty Speaker: Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

2011-2012 Gray Matters Fellows:

Ragy Girgis, MD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Alla Landa, PhD – Research Focus: Lyme Disease

Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Angela Tseng, PhD – Research Focus: Autism

Sponsors: Forest Laboratories, Inc. * Lilly

4th Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – May 3, 2011

Honoree:           

Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Author and Lead Sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act

2010-2011 Gray Matters Fellows:

Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Catherine Clelland, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Guillermo Horga, MD, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Christoph Kellendonk, PhD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

3rd Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – May 11, 2010

Special Guest Speaker:

Paula Zahn
Host and Executive Producer, Investigation Discovery’s On the Case with Paula Zahn
Co-Host, WNET-TV’s Sunday Arts

2009-2010 Gray Matters Fellows:

Suzanne Goh, MD – Research Focus: Autism

Scott Schobel, MD – Research Focus: Schizophrenia

Sponsors: Novartis * Sunovion * The Sallie Foundation

2nd Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – May 4, 2009

Special Guest Speakers:

Anne Ford
Former chair of the National Center for Learning Disabilities board and author

Dick Cavett
Emmy-award winning talk show host

2008-2009 Gray Matters Fellow:

Laura Rodriguez Murillo, PhD- Research Focus: Schizophrenia

1st Annual Gray Matters Benefit Luncheon – June 5, 2008

Special Guest Speakers:

Jane Pauley
Journalist and Author of Skywriting, A Life Out of the Blue

Laura Slatkin
Founder, NEXT for AUSTISM
President, Candela Group

Sponsor: Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation