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Taking on the Grand Challenge of Depression

  Laurie Davis Grey & Richard and May Ziman
  Dr. John Mazziotta & Gene and Carol Block

Top: (From left) Salon host Laurie Davis Gray and UCLA supporters Richard Ziman and May Ziman. Bottom: (From left) Event attendees Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health; with UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and Carol Block.
Photos: Todd Cheney/UCLA Photography

On April 4, 2016, Laurie Davis Gray hosted the Max Gray Fellows in Mood Disorders Salon in the Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Gray, who lost her 25-year-old son to depression in 2013, began an 18-month fundraising effort. With the support of friends and family, the Max Gray Fund in Depression Research is supporting two fellows in mood disorders. Dr. Peter C. Whybrow, director of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, introduced the Max Gray Fellows to the guests. Dr. Thomas B. Strouse (RES ’91), medical director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Maddie Katz Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education, moderated a discussion featuring the fellows’ faculty supervisors Drs. Michael Gitlin (RES ’79) and David Miklowitz (PhD ’85).

The Max Gray Fellowships increase UCLA’s capacity to treat patients in the Southern California community and beyond. This funding also advances UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge, which aims to halve the health and economic impacts of depression by the year 2050.

For more information, contact Alan Han at: (310) 825-1546


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