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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, February 27, 2018,

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  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

TED Talk Presenters:  Pietra Bruni, Noah Robinson and Lenie Torregrossa


“Three Perspectives on Mental Health: Re-imagining Clinical Science”

According to the World Health Organization, mental illnesses are the leading causes of disability worldwide. Beyond the human suffering and loss, the economic consequences of mental illness are just as dire. The Global Burden of Disease Study projects the global cost of mental illness to rise to more than $6 trillion by 2030 (cf. 2017 GDP for US was about $19 trillion). At present, FDA-approved pharmacotherapies and conventional psychotherapies are often insufficiently effective and/or inaccessible. Therefore, there is an urgent need to re-think, re-imagine and act upon novel approaches and ideas grounded in science. To achieve these goals, dissemination of research findings to the broader public and policy makers is absolutely essential.

In this brown bag,  Pietra Bruni, Noah Robinson and Lénie Torregrossa will present their own TED talks that introduce innovative approaches and proposals to tackle the societal challenges posed by mental illness. Noah Robinson’s talk will describe the impact and power of technology that can be leveraged to develop new therapies. Pietra Bruni’s talk will address how contextual framing of emotion can have a very broad implication on mental health across all segments of society. Lénie Torregrossa proposes that it is necessary to reconsider the contributions of bodily experiences to understand emotions and social cognition. These three presentations take us to the future of clinical science and show that it is possible to prevent, treat and manage mental illness if the society is willing to do so.