Plenary 3 – The Latest Science in Dementia

Friday 28th April 2017 from 09:00–10:30


Prof. Philippe Amouyel

Title of the presentation: The Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND), Building Alliances and Collaboration

Phillipe Amouyel,MD PhD, is Professor of Public Health at the Lille University Hospital (France). He leads a large academic research unit working on public health and molecular epidemiology of ageing diseases. Part of his research, devoted to the study of determinants, mainly genetic of Alzheimer's disease (AD), has resulted in his discovery of several new susceptibility genes for AD. From 2002 to 2011, he also headed Institut Pasteur de Lille, a private non-profit foundation. Since 2008, he has been the CEO of the Fondation Plan Alzheimer, a French non-profit dedicated to supporting innovative, cutting-edge research for AD and related disorders. In addition, he chairs the EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), a 30 country initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular AD.

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Prof. Dr. Philip Scheltens (Netherlands)

Title of the presentation: Where we are with the Medical Science

Dr Philip Scheltens studied at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, gaining his MD in 1984 and PhD (Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Alzheimer’s disease) in 1993. He is Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer Center at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, as well as Honorary Professor of Neurology at University College London. From 2011-2015 he has been the scientific director of the Dutch Pearlstring Institute (PSI). In 2012 he initiated the national dementia plan in the Netherlands, called the “Deltaplan Dementie” and was appointed as vice-chair of the board in 2013. He is founder of, and has directed since 2000, the VUmc Alzheimer Center, which under his directorship produced to date over 54 PhD theses. He has authored more than 750 peer reviewed papers and more than 50 book chapters and co-edited several textbooks. His work is widely cited as evidenced by a current Hirsch factor of 91. In 2015 his first Dutch book entitled “het Alzheimer Mysterie” was published (Arbeiderspers), which entered the bestseller list in 2 weeks. He was elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was elected as member of the Board of Directors in 2015.

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Prof. Henry Brodaty (Australia)

Title of the presentation: Where we are with the Care Science

Henry Brodaty is Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health and Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at UNSW. He is a senior psychogeriatrician and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. He is Immediate Past-President of the International Psychogeriatric Association and a former President of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia and Chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International. He has published extensively and is an ardent advocate for older people’s mental health.

Plenary 4 – Dementia and Disaster

Friday 28th April 2017 from 11:00–12:30


Prof. Shuichi Awata (Japan)

Title of the presentation: The Recent Earthquake in Japan and Personal Experiences

Shuichi Awata is team leader of the Research Team for Promoting Independence of the Elderly, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, where he studies development of dementia policies and dementia friendly communities. He is also director of the Medical Center for Dementia, Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital of Geriatrics. He holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Tohoku University. He is former associate professor of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine (2000 – 2005) and is former director of the Medical Center for Dementia, Sendai City Hospital (2005 – 2009). He is also director of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society and director of the Japan Society for Dementia Research.


Prof. Ma Hong (China)

Title of the presentation: The Impact of the Chinese Earthquake on People with Dementia

Prof. MA Hong is the Deputy Director, National Center for China-CDC. She is specialized in crisis intervention and public mental health, and is one of the very few professionals who have participated in almost all major post-disaster interventions in China since 1999. Recently, she dedicates a lot of time to improve the mental health service system in China, and has co-initiated several related projects, such as the community integrated mental health service model of China. She works closely with the Ministry Of Health of China and at the same time maintains extremely strong ties with local mental health service teams. 


Hussain Jafri (Pakistan)

Title of the presentation: Disaster Preparedness Initiative for Dementia

Hussain Jafri is the Secretary General of Alzheimer’s Pakistan, which he founded as a result of his experiences as a caregiver for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. He is a former Board Member of ADI and has vast experience of working in the social sector and has had opportunities to work with government, national and international non-profit organizations. Hussain is the former Chair and current Board member of International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO). He is also the Vice Chair of Advisory Group of WHO’s Patients for Patients Safety Programme. Hussain has a PhD in prevention of genetic disorders and works as a consultant in the medical field.


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