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Media Advisory: Gala Event Nov. 10 at Johns Hopkins to Mark Opening of Lieber Institute for Brain Development - 11/09/2011

Media Advisory: Gala Event Nov. 10 at Johns Hopkins to Mark Opening of Lieber Institute for Brain Development

Release Date: November 9, 2011

Friends and family of people with mental illness, mental health advocates, philanthropists, and members of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries will join Johns Hopkins University officials and research scientists on Thursday, Nov. 10, to celebrate the opening of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development.  The evening event will be held in the university’s historic George Peabody Library.

Within the next five years, the Lieber Institute, based in the new science and technology park adjacent to the Johns Hopkins medical campus in East Baltimore, plans to recruit 100 scientists, many of whom will have appointments at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  All will conduct medical research into the origins of mental illness, especially schizophrenia, a disorder for which there have been few new treatments in the last half-century.  More than 4 million Americans suffer from developmental brain disorders.

Among the attendees at the celebration will be New York philanthropists Steven A. Lieber; his wife, Connie; and their son and daughter-in-law. The Lieber family committed $100 million to establish the institute.  An additional $20 million was donated by the Maltz Family Foundation in Cleveland to fund what they describe as “a Manhattan project” to tackle neurodevelopmental health issues.  Among the reasons the donors cited for locating the Lieber Institute next to Johns Hopkins is the latter’s reputation in brain sciences research and its proximity to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, a member of the Lieber Institute’s board of directors, will offer opening remarks.  Other speakers will include Lieber Institute Chief Executive Officer Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D.; Rep. Sue Myrick, R.-N.C.; and philanthropist Stephen Lieber. Additional information on the Lieber Institute can be found at http://www.libd.org/.

WHO:                   

- Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., director and CEO of the Lieber Institute
- Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University
- Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., Maryland secretary of health and mental hygiene
- Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.
- Stephen A. Lieber, founder of the Lieber Institute, and wife Connie, son Sam and daughter in-law Mary Ruben
- Milton Maltz, philanthropic contributor to the Lieber Institute, wife Tamar and son Daniel

WHEN:  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

WHERE:                
George Peabody Library, The Johns Hopkins University
17 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Md. 21202
Directions: http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/newstudentinfo/directions

 

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For the Media

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Johns Hopkins Medicine,
David March, 410-955-1534; dmarch1@jhmi.edu

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