Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2014

The world’s largest conference on Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), took place in July in Copenhagen this year. The conference brings together researchers from around the globe to present and discuss the latest research on the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. It generates thousands of abstract submissions and many scientific sessions, and the latest research findings reach millions of people through print, radio and television news coverage.

AICC Copenhagen 2014

The pre-conference workshops addressed Alzheimer’s imaging, a global view of dementia from the primary care perspective as well as dementia and technology. The main conference received a royal opening by her Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.

Over the five days attendees exchanged the latest discoveries in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There was a strong emphasis on neuroimaging, particularly for early diagnosis and the development of treatment strategies. The Alzheimer’s Imaging Consortium sessions covered topics ranging from amyloid imaging, differential diagnosis, early detection, imaging correlates of the disease, tau imaging to new imaging methods.

Prof Arun Bokde presented one poster on shape differences of the hippocampus and thalamus in risk-stratified MCI groups and another poster on grey matter differences in temporal and parietal regions in risk-stratified MCI groups.

Prof Arun Bokde presented one poster on shape differences of the hippocampus and thalamus in risk-stratified MCI groups and another poster on grey matter differences in temporal and parietal regions in risk-stratified MCI groups.

The sessions relating to diagnosis and prognosis covered biomarkers, clinical diagnosis, neuroimaging, neuropathology and neuropsychology. The basic translational science sessions included talks on the development of new animal models, genetics, molecular and cellular pathways as well as proteins involved in the disease. Dementia care, epidemiology, health economics, psychosocial dimensions, nutrition and prevention were covered in the public health and social dimensions sessions. The key note speakers addressed topics such as the brain and cognitive reserve, preventive Alzheimer’s drug trials, nutrition and prevention, epidemiology, the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and the complexities of Lewy Bodies Disease. In addition to the vast variety of sessions, nearly 500 posters were displayed every day.

The NeuroSKILL project was well represented at AAIC 2014. Karolina Rusiak’s poster on posterior cingulate glutamate changes in ageing was displayed over two days.

Dr Aurelia Ciblis presents a poster of her work on the state of GP readiness in Ireland and Wales.

Dr Aurelia Ciblis presents a poster of her work on the state of GP readiness in Ireland and Wales.

The poster by Dr Aurelia Ciblis showed a comparison of general practitioners’ perspectives on neuroimaging in dementia in Ireland and North Wales. The poster sessions offered an opportunity to present the NeuroSKILL project results to fellow attendees as well as to exchange information.

The poster sessions also offered the opportunity to network with other investigators and clinicians that had mutual interests and discuss potential future collaborations.

Karolina Rusiak displays her MRS research in ageing related changes in neurochemistry

Karolina Rusiak displays her MRS research on ageing related changes in neurochemistry

Since the conference Karolina Rusiak has been contacted by researchers at the NIH Institute of Ageing in the United States for more information regarding her poster on ageing related changes in neurochemistry.

Overall, AAIC 2014 was a big success.