ADI Honorary Vice President appointed to World Dementia Council

18 July 2014 - Dr Daisy Acosta, Honorary Vice President and former Chair of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has been appointed to the World Dementia Council. The council aims to stimulate innovation in treatments and care for people with dementia.

Dr Acosta served as Chair of ADI from 2009-2012 and cofounded Asociación Dominicana de Alzheimer in the Dominican Republic, where she specialises in geriatric psychiatry. She has a large clinical practice in the country and continues to campaign for better care and treatment for people with dementia. Dr Acosta is also the principal investigator of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group centre in the Dominican Republic and continues to play an active role in ADI.

The World Dementia Council was formed as a result of commitments made at the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013. The council is led by the World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, and its members are made up of dementia experts from charitable foundations, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and universities, among others. Dr Acosta is currently the only member of the council from a low or middle income country.

The council will meet for a second time later this month.