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G8 Dementia Summit: what the researchers want

Dementia is a hot topic – it affects over 800,000 people in the UK and one in three people aged over 65 will die with a form of dementia. On 11th December the UK Government hosts the G8 Dementia Summit, which ‘aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia’. We brought together some of the leading experts to discuss everything from where we’re at on prediction, prevention and cure – and, most importantly, what the research community really needs to see if this summit is to be a success. 

  • Can we predict who will get dementia or when?
  • Do we even know what causes dementia yet?
  • What can we do for people who have dementia? What cures are in the pipeline?
  • What can be done to prevent dementia?
  • What obstacles are researchers facing? Is it just a case of needing more money? 
  • What needs to be done to make the Dementia Summit a success?

 

Speakers:

Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development, Alzheimer’s Society

Prof Nick Fox, Professor of Neurology, MRC Senior Clinical Fellow, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Prof Simon Lovestone, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Director of NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Prof Peter Passmore, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Queen’s College Belfast and Lead for Dementia for The British Geriatrics Society

Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK

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