Posted on May 10, 2011
by Camille Tibaldeo
More than one million dollars was raised at the 8th annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon. The event, titled Understanding Neuroplasticity: How the Brain Heals Itself, took place on Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre. Nearly 600 guests were on hand as the Fountain House Humanitarian Award was presented to Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, one of the foremost authorities on manic depression. Dr. Jamison also lives with the illness and through her work has educated, enlightened and brought hope to people around the world. She is the author of the bestseller An Unquiet Mind and appeared on The Charlie Rose Brain Series.
Dr. Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, was also a Symposium panelist. Joining her on the panel were Herbert Pardes, MD, CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital and Benjamin D. Philpot, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.
These eminent panelists enlightened the assembled guests about the increasing evidence that the brain has a far greater capacity for change than was previously believed, and that the wiring of the brain responds to external experience. This ability expands the possibilities for treating brain injuries and even brain diseases such as Schizophrenia, Major Depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
If environmental factors–such as social contact, education and work–have a therapeutic role in brain functioning, there is new hope for the understanding and treatment of diseases that have been considered largely genetically based, degenerative and incurable.
Chairs for the event were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Kim S. Fennebresque, Lorna Hyde Graev, Alexandra A. Herzan, Anne Mai, and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD. Program Chair was Andrea Roy.Consuelo Mack, managing editor and anchor of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Among those in attendance were: Courtney Arnot,Barbie Bancroft, Debbie Bancroft,Wendy Breck, Katherine Bryan, Dana Buchman, Judy Cormier, Rebecca de Kertanguy, Jackie Drexel, Barrett Frelinghuysen, Jacquie Garrett, Mark Gilbertson, Agnes Gund, Mai Harrison, Amanda Haynes-Dale, Marlene Hess, Dr. Jimmie Holland, Mary Kalikow, Marianna Kaufman, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Evelyn Lauder, Jo Carole Lauder, Jeanne Lawrence,Kate Lear, Dr. Shari Lusskin, Kitty McKnight, Payne Middleton, Nick Nicholas, Susan Nitze,Jamie Niven, Carolyn Mackenzie, Peggy and Marne Obernauer, Jr., Lil Phillips, John and Ann Pyne, Ann Rapp, Diana Revson, Emilia Saint-Amand, Topsy Taylor, Zibby Tozer, Jean Shafiroff, Sydney Shuman, Silda Wall Spitzer, Kiliaen van Rensselear, Jacqueline Weld, Karin and Guy Wyser-Pratte.
(1) Photo by Shaun Mader/patrickmacmullan.com
(2) Photo by Leslie Barbaro