Feifei Bu: University College London, UK
Dr Feifei Bu is a senior research fellow in Statistics/Epidemiology at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, UCL. Her research focuses on the impact of social and cultural factors on health, including loneliness and social isolation. She has a strong interest in administrative data and statistical methods.
Thomas K.M. Cudjoe: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
Dr Thomas K.M. Cudjoe is the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Endowed Professor, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. He leverages community-based strategies, mixed-methods and human centered design to understand and address social isolation. Additionally, he has led studies that examined the prevalence of social isolation among older adults and associations between social isolation and health outcomes. Dr Cudjoe also serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Foundation for Social Connection. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and on Good Morning America.
Michelle H. Lim: School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Michelle Lim is the Chief Scientific Advisor and Chairperson for Ending Loneliness Together a national Australia network made up of universities and industry partners. Dr Lim is recognised as Australia’s leading scientific expert on loneliness and the lead author of the Australian Loneliness Report (2018) and the Young Australian Loneliness Survey (2019). Her work informs the Australian government, not-for-profit, and corporate sector. Her findings notes that one in four Australians aged 12 to 89 report problematic levels of loneliness. Dr Lim also cofounded the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection, an international coalition of organisations across 12 countries committed to ending the pressing global issue of loneliness and social isolation. She was the inaugural co-director of the global not-for-profit organisation in 2020-2022 and now the deputy co-chair of the international scientific advisory board (2023-present).
Harry Owen Taylor: University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Harry Owen Taylor’s research addresses the prevalence, risk factors, and associative health outcomes of social isolation and loneliness among older adults, with specific emphasis on Black Americans. His research increases public awareness of these factors and is poised to inform risk assessments, intervention programs, and policies to mitigate the adverse health effects of isolation and loneliness. He has received extramural funding for his research from the National Institute of Aging, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets. His work has also been featured in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Health Post, Aging Today, Wired.com, and US News and World Reports.