From 29 to 31 October, the 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (AEC), “Making dementia a European priority” brought together over 800 delegates from 46 countries in Barcelona (Spain) under the Honorary Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain. The event involved 239 speakers and 175 poster presenters, sharing their research, projects and experiences. Among the delegates, Alzheimer Europe was delighted to welcome 35 people with dementia. As always, people with dementia featured prominently in their conference programme – in plenaries, parallel sessions and at the Special Symposium of the European Working Group of People with Dementia.
This year, Alzheimer Europe provided some opportunities for early stage researchers to present at its annual conference and held a “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” talk in each one of the four plenary sessions which were organised during the conference.
The last plenary session focused on “Dementia as a research priority” and was chaired by José Manuel Ribera Casado (Spain). We were delighted that this session opened with the fourth and final “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” session, presented by Isadora Lopes Alves (VUmc). She delivered a talk titled “The AMYPAD (Amyloid imaging to prevent Alzheimer’s disease) project: Improving our understanding, diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease through the utilisation of ß-amyloid PET imaging”.
“In combination with EPAD, AMYPAD is using amyloid PET imaging to better determine individuals’ risk of developing dementia. It will provide crucial insights into how secondary prevention trials can improve participant selection and measurement of treatment effect using amyloid PET.”, said Isadora.
The video of the session will shortly be available.
Mark the dates of the next Alzheimer Europe Conference in your calendar. “Making valuable connections” will take place in The Hague (Den Haag) from 23 to 25 October 2019.