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    Executive Director

  • Steven P. Roose, M.D

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Huda Akil, Ph.D

    DTF Chair

Hope Luncheon Seminar 2017 Was a Great Success!, Thursday 16 November 2017

We want to send heartfelt thanks to the over 300 supporters of our Eleventh Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar on Wednesday, November 8th.  The sold-out event raised over $800,000 for HDRF’s research and received fantastic coverage, including People, the Daily News and Page Six.

 

Brief Highlights:

Actress and Author Ashley Judd accepted the HOPE Award with a heartfelt speech about her recovery from major depression and her work for women and children around the globe.

World-renowned brain scientist Dr. Eric Nestler spoke on the “Genetics of Depression” and the latest findings of the HDRF Depression Task Force.

Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss announced the launch of the Hope fragrance collection, now available for purchase at Saks.com. 100% of net profits will go to advanced depression research.

You can purchase the Hope fragrance, body cream, and candle at select Saks stores and Saks.com.



Documentary Film

We unveiled a trailer for a feature-length documentary about depression that is currently in the making by a veteran team of filmmakers. Click here to view the trailer.


We would like to thank the incomparable Chuck Scarborough for being our Master of Ceremonies, and all the HOPE Luncheon Co-Chairs who helped create this huge success: Ann Barish, Serena McKnight Bowman, Caroline Dean, Peter Gregory, Kim Heirston, Tania Higgins, Margo Langenberg, Kitty McKnight, Peter S. Paine III, and Patricia Rosenwald.

We’ve loved hearing your feedback! Here are the comments you sent us!

“Simply the best!”

“Informative and moving all at the same time. Bravo!”

“Easy to understand and loaded with information.” 

“Beautifully organized and paced!”

“Ashley Judd’s story was riveting and moving.”

“Thanks to you this world will be a more optimistic and positive place.”

Thanks also to our top donors: 

Doctorate Sponsors: Eric Javits Inc., Nancy Silverman

Founder Sponsors: Debra & Leon Black

Benefactor Sponsors: Ann & Keith Barish, EGL Charitable Foundation, The Estee Lauder Companies, William Flaherty, Susan & Craig McCaw, Vera Serrano

Patron Sponsors: The Abraham Fuchsberg Family Foundation, Bridge of Allen Foundation, Ide & David Dangoor, Caroline Dean, Edmund Dunst/HUB International North East, Exhale Spa, Findlay Galleries, Maru M. Hagerty, Tania Higgins, Michele & Howard Kessler, Kristen Maltese Krusen, Margo Langenberg, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Susan Lloyd, Barbara Smith, Emilie Sullivan, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Thank you all for a truly memorable day! To view more pictures from the event click here.

 

 


10th-annual-hope-luncheon-seminar, Friday 6 January 2017

Tenth Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar
The Search for New Depression Medications
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Plaza Hotel
New York City

Chuck Scarborough, Audrey Gruss, Anderson Cooper== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Chuck Scarborough, 2016 HOPE Award for
Depression Advocacy Recipient, Anderson Cooper
and HDRF Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss

Anderson Cooper, Audrey Gruss and Shane Boylan

Anderson Cooper, Shane Boylan and Audrey Gruss

Andrea Greeven Douzet, Laura Nicklas== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Andrea Greeven Douzet and Laura Nicklas

Ann Barish, Jane Marray, Pattie Lynch

 

Ann Barish, Jane Marray and Pattie Lynch

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Eleanor Kennedy and Yaz Hernandez

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Jamee and Peter Gregory

Stephanie Krieger, Elizabeth Thompson, Margo Langenberg, Roberta Sandeman== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Stephanie Krieger, Elizabeth Thompson, Margo
Langenberg and Roberta Sandeman

Jonathan Javitch, Louisa Benton, Helen Mayberg, Rene Hen== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Victor Hugo/PMC== ==

Dr. Jonathan Javitch, HDRF Executive Director
Louisa Benton, Dr. Helen Mayberg,
and Dr. Rene Hen

Susan Gutfreund, Audrey Gruss, Princess Katherine== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Susan Gutfreund, Audrey Gruss and HRH Princess
Katherine of Serbia

Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. John Krystal== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Dr. Helen Mayberg and Dr. John Krystal

Arthur Dunnam, Richard Ziegelasch== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Arthur Dunnam and Richard Ziegelasch

Ritchey Howe, Carol Mack, Caroline Dean, Danielle Ganek== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

Ritchey Howe, Carol Mack, Caroline Dean and
Danielle Gane

Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock, Nicole Miller== Hope for Depression Research Foundation 10th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar== The Plaza Hotel, NYC== November 15, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Jared Siskin/PMC== == ==

 

Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock and Nicole Miller

HDRF’s Satellite Media Tour, Tuesday 20 December 2016

HDRF founding chair Audrey Gruss conducted a satellite media tour this fall, speaking with dozens of TV stations across the country to bring HDRF’s message to over 15 million viewers.