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Sleep health encompasses measurable characteristics of sleep associated with the physical, mental and neurobehavioral well-being of people of all ages. 

This session led by Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health aims to emphasize the vital role of sleep in overall health and cognitive function. It will address the various dimensions of sleep health, including its adaptation to individual, social and environmental factors. By highlighting the existing disparities in sleep health, particularly among vulnerable populations, the session seeks to advocate for solutions that promote equitable access to quality sleep for all individuals. 

Ultimately, the goal is to raise awareness and drive action to address sleep-related inequities and improve brain health worldwide.


  • Understand sleep health and equity essentials: What is sleep health, and how can I monitor it? Why is it important for global health? What is equity? Why is it important in global health? 
  • Examine various key factors of lived experience contributing to sleep health disparities.
  • Conceptualize implications of inequity and disparity in sleep for global brain health.
  • Identify and promote opportunities for collaborative efforts to promote equity in sleep health and equity in brain health through research and implementation science, policy, and clinical practice.



Session Leads:

Joined by GBHI Leadership:

  • Brian Lawlor, Geriatric Psychiatrist (Ireland) and GBHI Site Director at Trinity College Dublin 
  • Bruce Miller, Neurologist (US) and GBHI Founding Director at the University of California, San Francisco


  • Laura Booi, Social Gerontologist (Canada and UK) and Atlantic Fellow (2018 Cohort)
  • Daithi Cee, Advocate, LGBTQ+ Dementia Advisory Group (Ireland and UK)
  • Emmanuel Epenge, Neurologist (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Atlantic Fellow (2022 Cohort)
  • Mick O'Kelly, Artist (Ireland) and Atlantic Fellow (2021 Cohort)
  • Geeske Peeters, Epidemiologist (Netherlands) and Atlantic Fellow (2016Cohort)
  • Sara Solís, Geriatrician (Mexico) and Atlantic Fellow (2023 Cohort)



Anyone interested in sleep and brain health is welcome. This is a public-facing session with a broad audience in mind. It builds on the session held in March 2023 and is designed and led by GBHI Atlantic Fellow alumni. GBHI community members are especially encouraged to attend.

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