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Audrey Gruss

Founder / Chairman, Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Audrey Butvay Gruss is Founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), which she established in 2006 in memory of her late mother Hope, who battled clinical depression for decades. HDRF’s mission is to fund pioneering international scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. HDRF distinguishes itself as the only significantly-funded research program, public or private, based on “affective neuroscience”, which integrates the fields of neuroscience (the biology of the brain) and affect (the mind and emotions). Audrey Gruss was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, from the University of Haifa, for her courage and perseverance in creating a research foundation to support this visionary mission.

Audrey Gruss is also President of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, which she and her husband established twenty years ago as a private philanthropic foundation to support a wide range of charitable activities, especially focusing on the cultural arts, education and medical research. Mrs. Gruss brought the skills of her executive experience in the fields of international marketing and advertising to the non-profit arena. She was the former co-owner and President of Terme di Saturnia, Inc., an international scientifically–focused skincare firm. She established the marketing tie-in between the Terme di Saturnia Spa in Italy with the Doral Hotels, to create the Doral Saturnia Spa Resort in Miami. She previously served as a marketing and advertising executive at J.P. Stevens, Revlon and as Director of Advertising and Creative Services Worldwide for Elizabeth Arden. Mrs. Gruss graduated with honors from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. A Fellow of Tufts University, she established the Audrey Butvay Gruss Science Award for women.


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