October 29, 2015 Foundation News

2015 Discovery Dinner

The Annual Discovery Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 27, was held at the Ritz Carlton Chicago and raised over $1.1 million for promising early-stage brain research. The Discovery Dinner host committee, with guest MC and CBS2 host Rob Johnson, welcomed and treated friends, donors and supporters to an evening of education and discussion and honored curators of the local scientific community.

“Funding gifted neuroscientists and supporting their research to make groundbreaking discoveries is central to our mission,” said Terre A. Constantine, Ph.D. Executive Director and CEO, BRF. “This year is a fundraising milestone for the Discovery Dinner, and all money raised at this annual event goes directly to brain research. The event provided an opportunity to learn more about the important work being done in neuroscience today and for the future.”

Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, BRF Trustee and Founder, Chairman and CEO, ComPysch Corporation Chairman, Chaiftez Group presented the Philanthropic Leadership Award to Wilbur H. Gantz, President and CEO, PathoCapital LLC.  

Linda Heagy, BRF Trustee, presented to Community Service Award to Ilene Gordon on behalf of Ingredion Incorporated. Ms. Gordon is President and CEO of Ingredion.

The evening also included an educational panel from three of Chicago’s top neurology experts to discuss stress and the brain:

  • Dr. Anis Contractor, Associate Professor, Physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, NUIN Director
  •      Dr. Jay Gottfried, Professor, Neurology and Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.
  • Dr. Greg Norman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Chicago. He also the director of Social Psychophysiology and the Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at the University of Chicago.

 While discussing stress, the panel touched on its many facets, including triggers, reduction and their link to neurological diseases.