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Dear Friends,


Thank you for participating in UCLA's Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors virtual Open Mind program. We were pleased to host this presentation with Michael Moss, author of the new critically acclaimed book Hooked – Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit our Addictions, and David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. If your friends, family or colleagues were not able to join us yesterday, they can view the program on our YouTube channel.

We look forward to welcoming you back for the start of our Fall 2021 series on September 9th 5PM when our guest speaker will be Uma Naidoo, M.D., Harvard nutritional psychiatrist and author of the new book groundbreaking book, This is Your Brain on Food. Dr. Naidoo will be joined in conversation by Zhaoping Li, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. You may make your reservation for this free virtual program here.

It is our goal to bring you the latest, most relevant, and informative programming related to mental health issues each season. Therefore, we are updating our website frequently so please be sure to visit friendsofthesemelinstitute.org to check for new scheduled events. There you will also find information about The Friends Research Scholar Program that awards grants to early career neuroscientists who are at the forefront of new discoveries about the mind and brain and our Open Mind Film Festival for Mental Health for High School Students. The Resnick Board supports early career clinicians through the Clinical Innovation Grants program. 

We deeply appreciate the support of our audience members who make it possible for us to continue to bring renowned speakers and films about mental health issues as a free public service to the community. If you are able, we hope you will support us as generously as you can. Your contribution will be 100% tax deductible.

We hope you enjoyed our Spring 2021 season of Open Mind programs and look forward to welcoming you back for an exciting Fall 2021 season.  We wish you all a healthy and fulfilling summer.