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28th Alzheimer Europe Conference: Making dementia a European priority – Conference Highlights | ACNR

28th Alzheimer Europe Conference: Making dementia a European priority – Conference Highlights | ACNR

28th Alzheimer Europe Conference: Making dementia a European priority – Conference Highlights

Posted in Programs & Conferences on 4th Nov 2018


Conference particulars: 29-31 October 2018; Barcelona, Spain
Report by: Alzheimer Europe
Battle of curiosity assertion: None declared
Revealed on-line: 2/11/18

Day 1

The 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (#28AEC) “Making dementia a European priority” was formally opened on the night of 29 October 2018, underneath the Honorary Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain. Greater than 800 members from 46 nations attended the convention, which concerned 239 audio system and 175 poster presenters, sharing their analysis, tasks and experiences.

Iva Holmerová, Chairperson of Alzheimer Europe (AE) opened the convention, thanking HRH Queen Sofia for her Patronage and increasing a particular welcome to the 35 individuals with dementia attending the convention, in addition to their supporters. Ms Holmerová has been concerned within the dementia motion for a few years, throughout which, she stated, her “purely” skilled view on dementia has modified, resulting from conferences with individuals with dementia and caregivers and to her shut private insights into dementia, together with her mom and her mom’s associate. She now believes that we should always broaden our focus, which has been primarily on analysis, pharmacotherapy, interventions and administration. The person wants and preferences of individuals with dementia and their households must be thought-about and revered, she emphasised; and these wants and preferences translated into medical and sensible considering and appearing.

Following Ms Holmerová, Cheles Cantabrana, Chairperson of the Confederación Española de Alzheimer (CEAFA), Noemí Martínez, Vice-Chairperson of Fundación Alzheimer España (FAE), Gemma Tarafa, Commissioner for Well being (Spain) and Santiago Marimón Suñol, a individual dwelling with dementia from Spain additionally welcomed delegates.

Ms Martínez (FAE) highlighted some constructive modifications in recent times, for individuals with dementia and their carers, with a large improve within the info, coaching and scientific information out there to them. There’s extra participation from everybody involved (establishments, self-help actions, and pharma and tech corporations, amongst others), she stated. However, there are too many variations throughout Europe with regards the size of time from analysis to end-of-life. Within the fast future, FAE shall be specializing in enhancing early analysis charges, in addition to serving to sufferers and carers entry new applied sciences and coaching, serving to forge higher hyperlinks between professionals and households and placing extra strain on the related authorities to assist implement on a regular basis options.

Collaborating to beat the challenges introduced by dementia prevention

In his keynote presentation “Will we be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?” Dr Jose Luis Molinuevo from BarcelonaBeta Mind Analysis Middle gave an summary of the challenges and alternatives relating to the prevention of Alzheimer’s illness (AD). He expressed the rationale behind stopping AD and the rationale why prevention could also be a key means ahead to deal with it. Nevertheless, he burdened, that is removed from straightforward and there are various challenges alongside the best way.

“Although the advent of biomarkers does allow us to identify AD in vivo through biomarkers that are proxies of pathology, and improved trials design is allowing us to test new pathways in a more efficient way, defeating AD is still a challenge that will require all of us working together to find a solution” he commented.

Day 2

The second day of the 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (#28AEC), on 30 October 2018, targeted on dementia as a coverage priority and the significance of a human rights-based strategy to dementia and incapacity.

Dementia as a coverage priority
The primary plenary session on “Dementia as a policy priority” was chaired by Jesus Rodrigo (Spain) and opened with the primary of 4 “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” periods. Anja Leist, Affiliate Professor on the College of Luxembourg, introduced the World Younger Leaders in Dementia (WYLD) community, which brings collectively younger professionals within the area of dementia, supporting the work of the World Dementia Council. The WYLD consists of over 250 members from 30 nations around the globe and ages vary from 22-40. Its priorities are to facilitate skilled careers in dementia by providing coaching and mentoring, to facilitate the uptake of latest applied sciences to enhance high quality of lifetime of individuals with dementia and their households and to extend consciousness and struggle stigma round dementia.

Carmen Orte, Director Common of IMSERSO (Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales) introduced “Dementia as a health and social priority in Spain”. Ms Orte highlighted the significance of placing our focus the place it’s most wanted, the place dementia and particularly Alzheimer’s illness is worried: on decreasing its impression; on enhancing quality-of-life for individuals with dementia and their household caregivers; and on making certain they will absolutely train their rights; on making certain individuals with dementia can proceed to reside of their chosen surroundings for so long as attainable; selling most autonomy and participation via involving wider society in our response to the problem posed by dementia. She additionally burdened the necessity to put a cease to exclusion and stigmatising behaviour in the direction of individuals with dementia. Consciousness and consciousness-raising, built-in sociosanitary consideration, valuing caregivers extra extremely and extra analysis, innovation and knowledge-sharing will assist obtain these objectives.

Geoff Huggins, Director of Well being and Social Care Integration on the Scottish Authorities delivered a presentation on the EU Joint Motion (JA) ‘Act on Dementia’, which started in March 2016. It goals to advertise collaborative actions amongst Member States to enhance the lives of individuals with dementia and their carers. The primary part of labor – to conduct proof critiques and studies on analysis and submit diagnostic help, disaster and care coordination, high quality of residential care, and dementia pleasant communities – is accomplished and sensible testing is now happening with frontline providers, to collect proof so as to study concerning the implementation challenges in pilot websites throughout Europe, together with Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania and the UK. Examples of testing embrace tackling stigma round dementia analysis by bridging the hole between main care practitioners and hospital specialists; testing a case administration strategy to post-diagnostic help in main care innovation websites;  testing the implementation of coaching programmes to help employees in figuring out and managing the signs of stress and misery; trialling an e-learning programme in dementia palliative care  for healthcare employees working in nursing houses in Norway; and testing totally different approaches to constructing ‘dementia-friendly’ communities. The JA plans to carry its last convention in The Hague in October 2019, coinciding with subsequent yr’s Alzheimer Europe (AE) convention, the place it plans to share the training about challenges and alternatives in implementing greatest practices all through Europe.

Dr Dan Chisholm, Programme Supervisor for Psychological Well being on the World Well being Organisation (WHO) Regional Workplace for Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark) spoke subsequent, about prioritising dementia internationally and particularly concerning the WHO’s International Motion Plan on the general public response to dementia 2017-2025, adopted by 194 Member States in 2017 on the World Well being Meeting.

Prof. John Gallacher, Challenge Co-ordinator of the IMI ROADMAP undertaking (Actual world Outcomes throughout the Alzheimer’s Illness spectrum for higher care: Multi-modal knowledge Entry Platform), closed this primary plenary session. He shared the work completed by the undertaking up to now: The ROADMAP challenge has demonstrated the power of educational, business, sufferers and regulatory companions to work collectively on a extremely complicated, extensively distributed, and tightly time-constrained venture; established a broad-based and proof based mostly consensus on the priority outcomes for dementia remedy pathways; developed a complete database of obtainable European actual world knowledge; demonstrated that the present proof base is insufficient for illness development modelling and detailed well being financial analysis; and has made a robust case for the gathering of latest knowledge that’s deliberately designed to allow early detection and illness development modelling.

Dementia as a human rights priority

The second plenary session targeted on “Dementia as a human rights priority”. The session opened with the second “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” session, delivered by Stina Saunders, a fellow on the IMI EPAD challenge (European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia) and a doctoral candidate on the College of Edinburgh. Her speak targeted on partaking analysis members as collaborators working in the direction of a widespread objective with the research group. The EPAD research has arrange the EPAD Participant Panel to be able to study from the expertise of analysis individuals, present members an on-going lively voice within the venture and incorporate members’ enter.

Helen Rochford-Brennan, Chairperson of the European Working Group of Individuals with Dementia (EWGPWD), talked about selling a human rights-based strategy to dementia by way of the lively involvement of individuals with dementia. “Many people living with dementia are denied their human rights from the time of diagnosis. As they live with the disease they navigate systems and structures which are not person centred and rights based. As a result, either deliberately or by omission their human rights are denied”, stated Ms Rochford-Brennan. Human rights violations embrace the shortage of statutory rights to homecare the inappropriate prescribing of Psychotropic medicines and the lack of individuals dwelling with dementia to be lively members of their group. Individuals dwelling with dementia have to be actively concerned in all features of the illness. From analysis to healthcare, laws to consciousness, the lived expertise have to be valued and have the facility to affect. Good follow for involving individuals with dementia consists of applicable helps, a non tokenistic strategy and a worth positioned on specialists by expertise. The members of the EWGPWD, are robust advocates of PPI (affected person and public involvement) and consider co-creation and strong collaboration are the one means to make sure that the human rights of individuals dwelling with dementia are a analysis priority. “Human rights can be a theoretical, abstract concept that for some people living with dementia seems far removed from their daily reality. Quality engagement with just such people will lead to the human rights of many more people living with dementia being met”, she concluded.

Dr Fernando Vicente, advisor to the Common Directorate of the Institute of Older Individuals and Social Providers (IMSERSO) of the Ministry of Well being, Social Providers and Equality, spoke about Human Rights in Spanish well being and social laws: Within the dialogue about ageing, there was a heated debate at nationwide and worldwide degree about whether or not the existence of particular authorized devices on the rights of older individuals and their safety is important. Causes for not having such devices embrace the truth that individuals have rights as a result of they’re human beings no matter age, gender, language, sexual orientation, capability, talents, and so on., and devices and particular norms for the safety of the older individuals exist already (e.g. Worldwide Human Rights Conventions of the UN, Constitution of Elementary Rights of the EU of 2010, Structure of 1978, Civil Code, Penal Code). However, the existence of sectoral authorized norms at worldwide, nationwide and regional degree (within the case of Spain) aimed on the safety of teams which might be notably weak, is a actuality of the political motion that’s applicable to the challenges posed by the ageing of the inhabitants. This constitutes a nice problem of governance in Spain and hinders the adoption of measures to mobilise motion, he concluded.

Dr Dianne Gove, Director for Tasks at Alzheimer Europe, gave delegates an summary of the organisation’s work on dementia and incapacity. In 2017, Alzheimer Europe arrange a working group of specialists on dementia, incapacity, ethics, psychological well being laws, anthropology, coverage and psychology, which labored intently with members of the European Working Group of Individuals with Dementia (EWGPWD). Collectively, they explored attainable implications for ethics, coverage and apply of recognising dementia as a incapacity. Desirous about how individuals with dementia may expertise and really feel about incapacity, it is very important emphasise that incapacity, like dementia, isn’t a individual’s sole id. Individuals have a number of, intersecting and overlapping identities. Dianne said that while general, there could also be moral, follow and coverage advantages of viewing dementia as a incapacity, none of those potential advantages ought to require a specific individual with dementia to determine with incapacity towards his/her needs, and emphasised the necessity to recognise and respect distinction and particular person selection.

Dr Karen Watchman, Senior Lecturer within the School of Well being Sciences and Sport on the College of Stirling, closed the second plenary session together with her speak on dementia and mental incapacity. Dr Watchman advised delegates that, while nations throughout Europe are at totally different levels of their help of individuals with an mental incapacity, longer life expectancy of individuals with Down syndrome means a rise within the incidence of early onset dementia, with at the least 1 in three individuals with Down syndrome being recognized of their 50s or 60s. Older households are dealing with the a number of jeopardy of caring for his or her relative with an mental incapacity who’s ageing, and has a analysis of dementia. That is typically at a time when they’re dealing with their very own sick well being, she identified. Elevated information and consciousness amongst help employees in well being and social care sectors/NGOs can result in higher understanding of the influence of individualised non-drug helps for individuals with an mental incapacity and dementia, together with the potential for a discount in treatment. Enchancment can also be wanted within the space of analysis and post-diagnostic help, for residents with mental incapacity who’re recognized with dementia. An extended-term strategy is required to help this ageing inhabitants, which takes under consideration the attitude of the individual with mental disabilities. “By valuing the perspectives of people with an intellectual disability and dementia, we reinforce the importance of ensuring that best-practice for people with dementia also applies to people with an intellectual disability. This includes a timely diagnosis which is shared appropriately, individualised post-diagnostic support, and the need to meaningfully include the perspective of persons with intellectual disability in decisions that affect them”, Dr Watchman concluded.

Day three:  give attention to care and analysis within the dementia area

Dementia as a care priority

The third plenary session “Dementia as a care priority” was chaired by Myrra Vernooij-Dassen (Netherlands) and opened with the third “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” session, with Sébastien Libert, a PhD scholar based mostly at College School London, and a part of the Interdisciplinary Community on Dementia Utilizing Present Applied sciences (INDUCT). He argued that, with the growing promotion of an lively and productive later life in western societies, there’s a rising discomfort and nervousness amongst elements of the ageing inhabitants, round desirous about decline and dementia. This cultural nervousness additionally influences the event of assistive applied sciences selling self-management and exercise in dementia, which leads to the potential cognitive decline related to the development of dementia not being primarily addressed within the design of many of those applied sciences. It’s subsequently necessary to think about how the development of dementia impacts individuals’s experiences with such applied sciences, typically developed to assist with early to average dementia, he concluded.

Gail Mountain, Professor of Utilized Dementia Analysis and Director of the Centre for Utilized Dementia Analysis on the College of Bradford used her presentation to induce delegates to work collectively to rethink the appropriateness of commonly-used end result measures in dementia follow and analysis. The problems she said as needing to be addressed are: Conventional types of end result evaluation might be based mostly in a deficit mannequin somewhat than one which promotes dwelling nicely with dementia – what can not be achieved slightly than what can; The constructs being measured can contribute in the direction of the deficit mannequin – what about means to self-manage and retain resilience quite than ADL?; Nearly all of conventional types of evaluation require recall; a problem for these with cognitive deficit. Prof. Mountain prompt a radical rethink relating to what ought to be requested and the way, together with the position of latest know-how in creating options to this drawback.

Marjolein de Vugt, professor of psychosocial improvements in dementia on the Psychological Well being and Neurosciences analysis faculty, Maastricht College introduced the ‘Partner in Balance’ programme. She famous that present e-health interventions for caregivers of individuals with dementia are primarily aimed toward coping with dementia-related issues, however might not match the wants of casual caregivers of individuals at an early stage of the illness course of. The programme she introduced goals to answer this unmet want. It’s a blended care intervention, developed particularly with and for casual caregivers of individuals with dementia within the early levels and she or he was happy to announce that a randomised, managed trial has already had constructive leads to the areas of self-efficacy, skilled management and quality-of-life.

Manuel Martín-Carrasco, Medical Director of the Father Menni Psychiatric Clinic of Pamplona, spoke to delegates about decreasing using antipsychotics in residential and nursing houses. The truth that many individuals with dementia live in long-term care amenities, results in a excessive price of psychiatric signs and behavioural issues, stated Dr Martín-Carrasco. A excessive fee of psychopharmacological remedies, particularly antipsychotics and benzodiazepines are used, as a outcome and these medicine are related to an array of deleterious results, together with a rise in mortality. Numerous strategies have been tried, to scale back using antipsychotics in nursing houses, probably the most profitable of which, general, appears to be the implementation of sustained coaching programmes, resulting in a change within the tradition within the amenities themselves.

Martina Roes, Chair of Nursing Science and Well being Care Analysis on the Division for Nursing Science / School for Well being, College of Witten/Herdecke closed this plenary session with a presentation on “fostering and sustaining relationships with people with dementia”. She emphasised that sustaining present relationships and making and sustaining new connections are of paramount significance in making certain quality-of-life for individuals with dementia, and this, based on individuals dwelling with the situation themselves. For this reason relationships are such a elementary element in person-centred care and why person-centredness is so necessary.

Dementia as a analysis priority

The final plenary session targeted on “Dementia as a research priority” and was chaired by José Manuel Ribera Casado (Spain). It started with the “Meet the researchers of tomorrow” session, introduced by Isadora Lopes Alves, who’s  doing her postdoctoral analysis for the IMI AMYPAD venture (Amyloid Imaging to Forestall Alzheimer’s Illness) on the VUmc, Amsterdam. The AMYPAD Consortium includes 9 centres throughout Europe and goals to look at the worth of amyloid PET imaging in two medical research recruiting as much as 2,900 people. Increasing findings from different research on medical utility of amyloid PET imaging (ABIDE and IDEAS), the AMYPAD Diagnostic Research is trying to perceive for whom and when this system is effective, and whether or not its optimum use is cost-effective in medical routine. Together with EPAD, the AMYPAD Prognostic Research is utilizing amyloid PET imaging to enhance the willpower of a person’s danger of creating dementia, and can present essential technical insights into how present and future secondary prevention trials can enhance participant choice and measurement of remedy impact utilizing amyloid PET.

Subsequent, Maria Isabel Gonzalez Ingelmo, Managing Director of the Nationwide Reference Centre for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care of the Institute for Older Individuals and Social Providers  (IMSERSO), underneath the auspices of the Spanish Authorities, knowledgeable delegates that her organisation is dedicated to selling analysis into non-pharmacological therapies, by means of networking and transferring information. She spoke concerning the significance of social and well being care analysis within the area of Alzheimer’s illness (AD) and different dementias. This space of analysis pursues the event of evidence-based interventions which are capable of enhance the quality-of-life of individuals with dementia and their households. Ms Gonzalez Ingelmo emphasised that medical analysis and social and well being care analysis are equally essential and should work hand in hand, to realize one of the best outcomes for everybody involved.

Mercè Boada, Founder and medical director of Fundació ACE, used her session to emphasize the necessary position EU analysis collaborations can play in serving to to enhance the analysis of AD. Figuring out methods to enhance early analysis of AD and altering the present notion that dementia is a part of the traditional ageing course of are on the worldwide agenda. European cooperation in tasks like MOPEAD or ADAPTED are a nice alternative to determine methods targeted on growing information and consciousness. “Health policymakers, stakeholders, national Alzheimer associations and academic institutions should collaborate to improve our healthcare systems, by training primary care practitioners and other healthcare professionals cross Europe working in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. It is crucial to find biomarkers that are assumable for our healthcare systems as well as less invasive for people affected”, concluded Dr Boada.

Subsequent was Philippe Amouyel, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Well being on the College Hospital of Lille, with a presentation on the genetics of Alzheimer’s illness (AD): Alzheimer’s illness (AD) prevalence, as with many continual illnesses, outcomes from the interplay between environmental elements and a person susceptibility. In lower than 1% of AD instances, principally early onset varieties, genomics has been capable of determine a number of inflicting genes, and set the idea of the amyloid cascade mannequin. Within the sporadic types of AD, the most typical, genomics analysis, based mostly on an agnostic screening of the genome, has allowed scientists to determine new pathophysiological pathways, enhancing understanding of the molecular processes concerned in AD. Over the previous 10 years, the exponential progress made within the deciphering of the genome have meant that greater than 30 areas of the genome, related to an elevated or decreased danger of AD in these late-onset varieties, have been recognized. Nonetheless, Prof. Amouyel identified that nearly half of the heritability of AD stays to be recognized. Genetics, he concluded, will play a pivotal position usually prevention, identification of disruptive remedies and care. Resulting from its predictive position, genetics has a main affect on prevention, pre-symptomatic and early diagnoses of dementia. This deserves cautious dialogue, notably linked to moral issues.

The ultimate speaker at plenary four was Professor Clive Ballard, who’s a part of a rising group of dementia researchers on the College of Exeter Medical Faculty. His presentation checked out pharmacological choices for the remedy of behavioural signs of dementia and particularly on the current worldwide Delphi consensus paper. The paper brings collectively leaders within the area to replace steerage based mostly on newest proof. It advises that drug remedies ought to solely be used as a final resort for the remedy of agitation, and highlights the necessity for extra work specializing in particular non-pharmacological interventions for psychosis most universally skilled by individuals with dementia. Non-drug approaches embrace figuring out underlying causes, coaching caregivers, making environmental variations, implementing person-centred care, and devising a programme of tailor-made actions. There’s an emergence of promising analysis, specializing in new pharmacological remedies, together with analgesics, citalopram, pimavanserin and dextromethorphan; and we’re more likely to see a vital advance within the remedy of Behavioural and Psychological Signs in individuals with Dementia over the subsequent 5 years. Prof. Ballard summarised the research’s outcomes, saying: “We know that antipsychotics and sleeping tablets can all be highly damaging to people with dementia. The headline here is that sedating elderly, frail people with dementia is likely to cause them harm and should be avoided if at all possible. Our paper brings together the latest evidence in this field and advises professionals to try non-drug approaches where possible and highlights emerging pharmacological therapies which may provide safer and more effective approaches to treatment in the future.”

Showcasing European tasks

Numerous analysis tasks have been additionally highlighted and introduced in the middle of the two-day convention. Alzheimer Europe is a proud companion in a number of pan-European analysis collaborations and ensures the views of individuals with dementia and carers are taken under consideration within the analysis, in addition to contributing to discussions on moral points raised by the analysis. Alzheimer Europe can also be closely concerned within the dissemination and communication actions of those tasks. The 2 tasks that featured most prominently at #28AEC have been MOPEAD and ROADMAP:


Throughout a particular symposium and plenary speak, MOPEAD launched its plans and strategies in studying how you can improve earlier identification of delicate AD dementia and prodromal AD. The plenary, held by Dr Mercè Boada, targeted on the facility of public-private partnerships in tackling improved analysis of Alzheimer’s illness (AD). MOPEAD goals to finally set up an enhanced portal for bringing volunteers into medical trials, to hurry up analysis and improvement. The symposium revolved round a name to motion for residents’ engagement in early affected person engagement for AD. On the similar time, it targeted on the manifold learnings the venture has already established. In addition to exploring methods to interact with potential trial members, the symposium additionally checked out obstacles, such because the reluctance of Basic Practitioners (GPs) to participate.


This venture has in all probability been probably the most detailed and complete analysis of real-world proof in Alzheimer’s illness (AD) that has ever been carried out.

The “Real-world evidence in Alzheimer’s disease” periods, included a plenary speak by Prof. John Gallacher, at which he mentioned preliminary findings on the accessibility of actual world knowledge, its utility for illness modelling and coverage formation.

This was adopted by 4 parallel periods. The primary session took a take a look at related outcomes from the attitude of various stakeholders, as AD and dementia progress. The Moral, Authorized and Social Implications (ELSI) group offered insights into the moral challenges in AD analysis and follow, when utilizing real-world knowledge. One other focus was explored within the third session: views on real-world knowledge in AD from regulatory and Well being Know-how Evaluation (HTA) our bodies, together with the potential future knowledge assortment and additional analysis on this space. Through the concluding fourth presentation, delegates have been amongst the primary to see the undertaking’s 3D Knowledge Dice, which gives a ‘landscape’ of knowledge availability for AD analysis in Europe.

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