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by Josefina Garcia Photographed by William Flaherty, Susan Lloyd, Scott Snyder, Audrey Gruss== HDRF Inaugural NYC Chairman’s Council Dinner== Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC== May 19, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==
Friday, May 22, 2015
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On May 19, the Hope for Depression Research Foundation hosted it Inaugural Chairman’s council dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Held in the venue’s iconic Pool Room, the 50 guest dinner was set up to honor its top donors and doctors and to celebrate the important research and developments the organization has supported.

Host Audrey Gruss, who chaired the event with co-chairs William Flaherty, Susan Lloyd and Scott Snyder, welcomed guests before executive director Louisa Benton introduced a video that gave guests an overview of the work done by the Depression Task Force, a unique collaboration set up by HDRF of seven world-renowned brain scientists who share ongoing research at the HDRF Data Center. One of the participating members, Dr. Eric Nestler, also came on stage and spoke briefly about some of the recent research developments,  including three new gene areas and three potential new medications and clinical trials.

In a unique aspect of the event, each table had a leading psychiatrist or neuroscientist seated with the guests, in order to engage them and be able to answer questions about depression and its related mind-brain issues.

Other attendees included, Jim Aman, Gigi and Harry Benson, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Martin Gruss, Kim Heirston, Kristen and Charles Krusen, Maggie Norris, Thomas Quick, Diana Quasha, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, and Hunt Slonem.


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