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Glenn Close, Dana Buchman Honored at Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon

May 21, 2014

 CONTACT: Dacia Morris, Columbia Psychiatry, (646) 774-8724,



Glenn Close, Dana Buchman Honored at

Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon






NEW YORK, NY– On Monday, May 12, Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close, together with noted fashion designer Dana Buchman were honored at the Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel.  The more than 400 guests surpassed last year’s fundraising effort, raising $538,000.


Each year, Gray Matters at Columbia honors an individual who has made significant contributions to promote brain research on mental illness. Both Ms. Close and Ms. Buchman have established themselves as advocates for greater access to mental health services. Past honorees at the Spring Benefit Luncheon include Andrew Solomon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Paula Zahn, Anne Ford, Jane Pauley and Dick Cavett.


Ms. Close has spoken openly about her family’s experience with mental illness and that insight was the catalyst for Bring Change 2 Mind, which aims to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. It was difficulty accessing resources for her child that led Ms. Buchman to found the Promise Project, which helps underserved children with learning disabilities get the services they need.


Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, noted, “Research continues to be critical in advancing the development of life-saving treatments for psychiatric disorders. Support from families and committed citizens is more important than ever given the economic pressures and reductions in funding that researchers face.”


Also honored was Giuseppe Bruno, owner of the celebrated Italian restaurant Sistina, Mr. Bruno, who was given a special Advocacy Award, has hosted events to support brain trauma and stress disorder research at Columbia Psychiatry.


Funds raised by the luncheon support research fellowships to help young scientists pursuing brain research to help solve the mystery of serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and autism. The chosen fellows benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of a peerless team of clinicians and scientists that includes two Nobel laureates.


The 2013-14 Gray Matters Fellows are Sidney Hankerson, MD (Depression); Amir Levine, MD (Addiction, Adolescent Brain Development); Rachel Marsh, PhD (Pediatric Neuroimaging); and Holly Moore, PhD (Schizophrenia).





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