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Join the Staglin Family this Saturday, September 19th, to Celebrate 21 Years of Research Funding at the Music Festival for Brain Health.
Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge will headline the 21st annual Music Festival for Brain Health this Saturday, Sept. 19th.  Join the Staglin Family and friends, researchers and music lovers at Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, California to celebrate over two decades of research funding.

The Music Festival for Brain Health is one of America’s most important fund-raising events focusing on brain disorders, with an historical total that surpasses $221 million. The 21st Annual Music Festival for Brain Health benefits One Mind Institute (“IMHRO”), and One Mind™, each partnering to support research, education, treatment, and to fight the stigma surrounding brain disorders.

The Festival kicks off with the scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, who will speak on Healing the Injured Brain: A Team Science Approach to an Old Problem. Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., the Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York will moderate the symposium, which will also feature the 2015 Rising Star scientists, along with Dr. Carrie Bearden, Ph.D., Professor (George and Joanne Miller Family Term Chair) in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, who will speak on Conquering Psychiatric Disease through Collaborative Science and provide an update on her research on understanding neurobiological risk factors for the development of psychosis.

The symposium is followed by the world’s greatest cult wine tasting paired with hors d’oeuvres prepared by acclaimed Chef Sean O’Toole of TORC Restaurant in the City of Napa. The day continues with an intimate concert performance featuring two-time GRAMMY® Award and OSCAR® Award winner Melissa Etheridge. San Francisco Bay Area comic, radio, TV and film personality Bob Sarlatte will emcee. Immediately following the concert, enjoy an exclusive Napa Valley feast under the stars at the VIP post-concert dinner created by Top Chef Chef Hubert Keller of Fleur Las Vegas, expertly paired with Staglin Family Vineyard wines.

Scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Chairman of One Mind™, Congressman Mike Thompson, California State Senator Marty Block, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, and Peter Chiarelli, General, US Army (retired) CEO of One Mind™.

Festival passes are $1,000 and individual sponsor passes begin at $5,000. Passes are available at Music-Festival.org. Admission to the symposium only is free with prior registration. Proceeds will benefit mental health research projects throughout the nation.