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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/#WOW program. We were honored to host this zoom event featuring Lori Gottlieb and Dr. Daniel Siegel. We hope that you found their conversation on “Parenting During the Pandemic” informative and helpful.


As we all adapt to these challenging times that keep us physically apart, we hope our virtual Open Mind/#WOW programs can help bring us all socially together as a community to discuss mental health issues that affect over 46.6 million people every year in this country alone (and that statistic was before the coronavirus pandemic!)


On that note, we are proud to announce that our next virtual Open Mind/#WOW program will be held on Monday,  June 22 at 4PM and will feature Jonathan Salk, M.D., the highly respected adult and child psychiatrist at UCLA and son of Dr. Jonas Salk, legendary scientist who developed the vaccine for polio. Dr. Salk with be joined by behavioral geneticist, writer and activist, Susan Smalley, Ph.D. Discussion will center on the current confusion and conflict we are experiencing, a science-driven basis for hope, and a groundwork for understanding how we can achieve a better future for humanity.


Register for this program here

We invite you to visit our website, www.friendsofthesemelinstitute.org to learn more about The Friends Open Mind programs and our Research Scholar Program that awards grants to early career scientists who are at the forefront of new discoveries about the mind and brain that will lead to new treatments for mental illnesses and disorders. 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 to UCLA as a free public service to the community. If you have not yet joined our community of supporters, we hope you will consider joining us today!


To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit


Thank you again. Stay healthy and safe and we look forward to learning and growing together.

Vicky Goodman

President and Founder

Friends of the Semel Institute forNeuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

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