In another indicator of the Institute’s rise, co-director Rick Huganir says that Johns Hopkins will host the 2013 national gathering of One Mind for Research on May 14 -16, 2013. A powerful national advocacy group whose vision is that “All mankind experiences a life-time free of brain disease.”
One Mind’s lofty goal stems from the initiative of former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, whose uncle -- the late U.S. president John F. Kennedy -- became synonymous with lofty goals when he announced in 1962 that the American space program planned to land a man safely on the moon.
No stranger to genetically-linked brain diseases, Kennedy has helped imbue One Mind with a “moon-shot” plan of its own. The group has set goal of pulling the world’s best experts together and endowing them with billions in new funding.
Of course the initiative has gotten the attention of stars at every level of neuroscience, but it has also drawn star power of the more populist variety. A gala held in September in Beverly Hills was headlined by Tom Hanks, Glenn Close, Sally Field, and Gena Rowlands.
Huganir hopes stars of both types will also be on hand for the gathering in Baltimore, currently slated for the weekend of May 14-16. For more information on One Mind for Research