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Child Mind Institute hosts 2021 virtual On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium and announces rising scientist scholarships

Meeting Announcement

The Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute will virtually host its annual On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium celebrating scientific achievements in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, and developmental neuroscience on Tuesday, October 5th from 5 – 8p.m. EST. The symposium will also include a powerful roundtable discussion and will honor a number of high school students from across the U.S. during the 10th Annual Rising Scientist Awards. 

On the Shoulders of Giants will include a presentation from the 2021 Child Mind Institute Sarah Gund Prize recipient Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai. Following the presentation, a roundtable, moderated by Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Wilson Compton, will explore the impact of marijuana and other substance use on brain function and development in adolescents and offer practical advice for parents. The discussion will also include:

  • Dr. Yoko Nomura, Department of Psychology Professor, Queens College, CUNY, and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Dr. Jacqueline-Marie Ferland, Postdoctoral researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Dr. Kevin M. Gray, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Dr. Leslie A. Hulvershorn, completed an academic track residency in Generaly Psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and a two-year research track Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York University.
  • Dr. Christian Thurstone, Director of Service of Behavioral Health Services at Denver Health and professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver

“The importance of bringing awareness to both substance use and mental health cannot be overstated. The impact, implications, development, and advice we can give to families,” said Child Mind Institute President Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. “By hosting the On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium and honoring this accomplished group of Rising Scientists, we aim to inspire the next generation of change makers who will advance our understanding of mental health.”

The 2021 Rising Scientists join prior award winners who have gone to study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Each winner will receive a $2,000 college scholarship. This year’s winners are:

  • Natalie Calman, Ossining High School, Ossining, New York
  • Jason Cui, Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado
  • Jeremy Kotlyar, Great Neck South High School, Lake Success, New York
  • Zoe Pyne, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, New York
  • Vivek Sreejithkumar, A.D. Henderson/ Florida Atlantic University High School, Boca Raton, Florida

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About the Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at

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