The Friends of the Semel Institute is the support group for the world-renowned Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.


Our mission is to educate the public about state-of-the-art translational research for mental, neurological, and developmental illnesses and disorders to lessen their stigma, and support innovative research to develop improved treatments and interventions.

Open Mind is a community film and lecture series that is open to the public at no charge on the UCLA campus. The Friends’ bring together scientists, researchers, clinicians, authors and filmmakers to discuss issues that pertain to illnesses of the mind and brain.

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