Director’s Innovation Speaker Sequence: Social Connection: An Eye to the Previous, Current, and Future


Date and Time

October 26, 2023
2:00–3:00 p.m. ET


Digital or in-person on the Neuroscience Middle constructing, 6001 Govt Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892


Portrait of Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.

Throughout this lecture, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.  will talk about the well being impacts of getting or missing social connection. The COVID-19 pandemic raised consciousness about loneliness but additionally revealed gaps in our understanding of the person and public well being impacts of social connection. Dr. Holt-Lunstad will draw upon her personal work, her work with the U.S. Surgeon Normal Advisory, and the broader scientific literature, to focus on the scope of the difficulty, proof of well being implications, and challenges and alternatives for translating this proof into sensible options and coverage.

About Dr. Holt-Lunstad

Dr. Holt-Lunstad is a psychology and neuroscience professor and director of the Social Connection and Well being Lab at Brigham Younger College. She can also be the founding scientific chair and board member for the U.S. Basis for Social Connection and the World Initiative on Loneliness and Connection.

Dr. Holt-Lunstad is a global knowledgeable targeted on the person and inhabitants well being results, organic mechanisms, and methods to mitigate danger and promote safety related to social connection. Her work has been seminal in recognizing social isolation and loneliness as early mortality danger components. Because the lead scientific editor for a U.S. Surgeon Normal’s Advisory and Framework for a Nationwide Technique, her work additionally focuses on translating proof into follow and coverage.

Concerning the Director’s Innovation Speaker Sequence

NIMH established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Sequence to encourage broad, interdisciplinary pondering in creating scientific initiatives and packages and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation audio system are inspired to explain their work from the angle of breaking by means of current boundaries and creating profitable new concepts, in addition to working outdoors their major space of experience in ways in which have pushed their fields ahead. We encourage discussions of the that means of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

Sponsored by

Division of Extramural Actions


This occasion is free, however it’s essential to register to attend .


Extra info

Closed captioning and an indication language interpreter shall be supplied for this occasion.



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