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In the spirit of the holiday season, The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support of our Open Mind community lecture and film series and our Friends Research Scholar Program.

Our Open Mind programs are offered to the community as a free public service to:

  • Raise awareness and erase the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness

  • Bring together world-renowned thought leaders in science and culture to discuss mental health issues

  • Educate the public about mental illnesses and disorders that affect more than 46.6 million Americans every year; that's one in five people in this country alone

  • Change the conversation about mental health to create a culture of acceptance and inclusion

Our Friends Scholar Program:

  • Supports the research of early career neuroscientists working to develop innovative treatments for mental illnesses and disorders

  • Provides funding at a critical transitional stage in a young scientist's career that can impact and advance their career trajectory

Please consider a year-end gift today so that we may continue to make a difference in mental health education and research.


We invite you to meet our Friends Scholars and see a calendar of upcoming Open Mind programs on our website at www.friendsofthesemelinstitute.org. In advance, thank you for your generous support of groundbreaking research and mental health education at UCLA’s Semel Institute.

Wishing you and your family a peaceful holiday season and healthy, happy New Year!

UCLA’s The Friends of the Semel Institute Board

Vicky Goodman, Deborah Davidson, Ph.D., Carol Halperin, Robyn Goodman Mandelberg, Ph.D., Mary Burgoyne Snyder, Margot Calabrese, Teri Fournier, Esq. Adrienne J. Gary, Nancy Glaser, M.D., Jaega Haralambus, Esq., Mary Ridings Herman, Kai Lauren Kolodziejski, Susan Lerner, Stephanie D. Lushing, Jun Oh, Esq., Marvin S. Putnam, Esq., Judy Richman, Mia Silverman, Shelley Singer, Joni Steier, Pardis Zomorodi, Esq.