Past Gray Matters Luncheons

13th Annual Gray Matters at Columbia Virtual Benefit - September 15, 2020

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Program

COVID-19 Mental Health Recovery and Resilience

Featuring

Angela M. Mills, MD
J.E. Beaumont Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Lourival Baptista-Neto, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair for Clinical Services, Department of Psychiatry

and

Columbia Psychiatry Faculty on the Front Line

2019-2020 Gray Matters Fellows

  • Maura Boldrini, MD, PhD - Research Focus: Neurobiology
  • Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD - Research Focus: Bioethics
  • Annika Sweetland, DrPhD, MSW – Research Focus: Sociomedical Sciences/Global Mental Health

Benefit Co-Chairs

Betina and Leonardo Farkas * Karen and Mitchell Kuflik/ The Sallie Foundation * Nancy Pokojny and Scott DiMaggio * Patricia and William Ramonas * E. John Rosenwald, Jr. * Karen and Robert Sobel/ The Sallie Foundation

Lead Sponsors

  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Sponsors

  • AllianceBernstein 
  • Janssen Neuroscience 
  • Sunovion

12th Annual Gray Matters 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