Laurie Gordon and the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA hosted the fourth annual Max Gray Fellows in Mood Disorders Salon on April 16, 2019, at the Dr. S. Jerome and Judith Tamkin Auditorium in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Gordon established the Max Gray Fund for Treatment of Mood Disorders in 2014 in memory of her son Max.
To date, the fund has raised more than $1 million, allowing the Semel Institute to offer 13 postdoctoral Max Gray Fellowships. Currently, this has been the most successful fundraising year for the fund, enabling the Semel Institute to recruit four fellows in the 2019-20 academic year. The Max Gray Fellows train in the mood disorders clinics, working with children, adolescents and adults, and the fellowship program has increased the clinics’ capacity to diagnose and treat more patients and families. In addition, the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic is now able to remain open three days per week with a shorter patient waiting list.
Drs. Michael Gitlin (RES ’79), director of the UCLA Division of Adult Psychiatry and the Mood Disorders Clinic, and David Miklowitz (PhD ’85), director of the UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program, introduced the 2018-19 Max Gray Fellows, Drs. Artha Gillis and Cassidy Zanko of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic and Hamid Naficy of the Mood Disorders Clinic in the Division of Adult Psychiatry. The supervising faculty moderated a discussion in which fellows shared their experiences, growth milestones and goals for the coming year. They also discussed the progress in mood disorders fellowship training, made possible through the Max Gray Fund.
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