Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
These next three days (Thursday – Saturday) I am in Washington DC. The National Institutes of Health is convening its 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit: Path to Treatment and Prevention on the NIH Campus March 1-2, 2018. The agenda for the Summit is available here: Meeting Agenda–check it out.
The purpose of this Summit is to generate research recommendations that are subsequently used to develop research milestones and inform generation of program announcements and requests for proposals. On Saturday I will be joining a smaller group to identify the research recommendations from the program that should be moved forward.
I am attending the meeting as the Chair of the Advisory Council for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act that reports to the Department of Health and Human Services and which makes recommendations for advancing a comprehensive dementia plan to improve treatment development, access to diagnosis, care and services and societal awareness about all of the dementias and their impact on individuals, families, communities and society.
On Friday, I will be presenting a summary of key research directions for enhancing specifically care and services for persons living with dementia and their family members.
**You can join via webcast here. (The link has been updated.)
Dementia represents one of the most complex conditions of our time and accounts for the most disease burden globally. Although the prevalence of dementia is growing worldwide and cuts across all race/ethnic/cultural/socio-economic groups, it differentially affects low income countries and in the United States, African Americans and Latinos and individuals with low resources and education. In response to this global phenomenon and the health disparities in diagnosis, access to care and services, we have created an Interprofessional Dementia Interest Group in CNHP to advance scholarship in this area as well as innovation in education and practices. We will keep you posted about this interest group and its activities and enable you to join the conversation as we move forward.
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Distinguished University Professor and Dean