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Contagious Information: Building Trust While Debunking Disinformation

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT


During this joint event of the NHLBI Biomedical Lecture Series (BLS) and Health Equity Research Outreach (HERO) Quarterly Lecture Series, Dr. Seema Yasmin will discuss the following topics:

  • Information equity as a social determinant of health
  • The role of infodemics in public health crises
  • Waning trust in public health institutions, solutions for (re)building trust and countering health mis/disinformation.

Preregistration is not required. Use this link to watch the session:

About the Speaker
Seema Yasmin, M.D., is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Pulitzer prize finalist, epidemiologist and director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. She is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and visiting assistant professor of crisis communications at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service before training as a journalist. Her reporting appears in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Scientific American, and on the BBC, NBC, CNN and other news networks. Dr. Yasmin is the author of five books, including What the Fact?! Finding the Truth In All the Noise, a navigation guide for teens on how to survive the murky worlds of misinformation and disinformation. Her research at the intersection of journalism and public health investigates the health impacts of America's growing news deserts and establishes information access as a social determinant of health. Her expertise on trust in science in a post-truth world has been called upon by the Vatican, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and the White House.

This fireside chat will be moderated by Maliha Ilias, Ph.D., a program director in the Health Inequities and Global Health Branch of the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Preregistration is not required. Use this link to watch the session:

Special Accommodations: If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, email Padma Mudakala at or call 301-402-2128 at least five business days before the webinar.

About the HERO Series
The HERO series highlights the work and voices of those involved in global and domestic health equity research. Through discussion and engagement, the series aims to foster collaborations to address pressing challenges and opportunities in this burgeoning area of scientific research. HERO series events are hosted by the NHLBI Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS).

About the BLS Series
Speakers in this series present their current research and are given the opportunity to briefly comment on broader issues in their scientific fields. The series is organized by the NHLBI extramural scientific staff, and NHLBI extramural scientific staff members select the speakers.

Send questions and requests for additional information to Padma Mudakala.