Canada and France host second Global Dementia Legacy Event

11 September 2014 - Dementia experts from around the world will meet today in Ottawa, Canada, to discuss creating better partnerships between academia-industry, and how to better facilitate innovation in dementia strategies for treatment, care and risk reduction.

The event is the second in a series of meetings following on from the commitments made at last year’s G8 Dementia Summit in London. The Government of Canada and the Government of France will co-host the two-day summit, running from 11-12 September. The meeting is the second of four such events, which will travel to Japan in November 2014 and the USA in February 2015.

The Canada-France Legacy Event will aim to discuss practical ways to fast-track the development of new and innovative approaches to better support people living with dementia and their families.

International academia and industry experts from G7 countries and leading NGOs, including ADI, will attend the meeting. Organisers have pledged to develop an Action Framework to help address the current challenges and barriers for enhanced collaboration between academia and industry.

Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said:

“We look forward to taking part in discussions on how we can better harness technology and medical devices to ease the dementia journey. Our collective efforts will help improve the integration of research and mobilize dementia knowledge on a global scale. It’s critical we fast-track tangible results and reduce the toll of dementia on our economies and health systems.”

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI, said:

"It is crucial that all stakeholders, governments, academia, industry, international health agencies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and patient organizations, work together to increase research efforts and provide better care for people with dementia. The G7 initiative is now the key global driver for this and allows us to leverage our efforts and make a big step forward in tackling this global epidemic."

You can watch the Global Dementia Legacy Event live from 11 September 2014 09:00 (EST) on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.