September 12, 2006

Schizophrenia-Focused Music Festival - Napa, California, September 16th

Twelfth Annual Staglin Music Festival for Mental Health
Rutherford, CA (Napa Valley)

The 2006 Staglin Family Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 16, at the Staglin Family Vineyard in California's Napa Valley, promising a day of great music, fine food and fundraising for brain and behavior research.

A Scientific Symposium that is free to the public will occur between 12:00 and 2:00 PM. The symposium will include a talk by Daniel Weinberger, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health. The remainder of the Staglin Family Music Festival is for paying guests.

This year's featured musical guest will be the Grammy-winning music legend and co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his band, who will perform a selection of classic Beach Boys and Brian Wilson favorites. Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques Restaurant in West Hollywood, the 2006 Beard Award for Best California Chef, will provide an outstanding feast for the exclusive post-concert dinner, and Chef Greg Cole from Cole’s Chop House in Napa will provide pre-concert hors d’oeuvres matched with over 30 of Napa Valley’s and Sonoma County’s best wines.

Daniel Weinberger, M.D., an internationally renowned expert in the genetics of schizophrenia who is based at the National Institute of Mental Health and a member of NARSAD’s Scientific Council, will begin the festival with a lecture and discussion focusing on issues related to physiological brain disorders.

With 100 percent of the music festival’s expenses underwritten by sponsors, all proceeds will go directly to scientific research and treatment programs, including NARSAD’s research grants program. Last year, with a major contribution from the Staglin Family Music Festival, NARSAD established an annual award for an investigator under age 45 who is studying schizophrenia. This year’s NARSAD Staglin Family Music Festival Award for Schizophrenia Research has been awarded to Eva S. Anton, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, who is researching the role of the gene neuregulin in the development of schizophrenia. To read more about the Staglin Award and Dr. Anton’s research, click here.

Tickets for the Staglin Family Vineyard Music Festival for Mental Health range from $500 to $3,000. For more information, call (707) 944-0477 or e-mail

Web Site: Staglin Family Music Festival for Mental Health


This is an awesome event. More states and more organizations should be involved in events that promote this type of research!!!

Posted by: rustysmom at September 13, 2006 07:13 AM

While Events Such As This One Are Commendable In That They Raise Funds For Much Needed Research It Is A Shame That At Ticket Prices Of $500 To $3000 Most Of Us With SZ And Our Families, Caretakers, Loved Ones Simply Can Not Afford To Attend Such Events. I Do Not Wish To Offend Anyone With This Comment But Think About It As It Is True.

Posted by: Hoola at September 13, 2006 03:27 PM

Hi Hoola - I can understand your comment and yes its true. However it is a fund raising effort - so the higher the prices, the more money for research to help people who have schizophrenia. Moreover, the interesting portion of the day (in my mind) is the scientific symposium and its free to the public. Moreover, we hope to video tape it and offer it (the science symposium) on the Internet for everyone to view.

Posted by: szadmin at September 13, 2006 04:41 PM

I am ecstatic about this news! Thank you for caring.

Posted by: Heather at September 14, 2006 11:41 PM

So its like a party for someone but they can't attend it ? Seriously these types of events while certainly well intended are exclusive to the point that few if any in attendance have SZ yet they are the reason & focus of the event. I contend that this is a polite well healed high end classy form of stigma. I do not know what the answer is. My personal answer if I were rich enough to attend such gala events would be to invite at my costs someone with SZ who otherwise could not afford to go. Sorry to offend anyone with my posting(s). Have Fun.

Posted by: Hoola at September 16, 2006 04:23 AM

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