The 31st Alzheimer Europe Conference (#31AEC), “Resilience in dementia: Moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic”, was held online from 29 November to 1 December 2021. Over 600 participants, from 38 countries, attended the conference, which boasted almost 300 speakers sharing their research, projects and experiences in an atmosphere of collaboration and solidarity (160 oral presentations, 137 quick oral presentations and 35 poster presentations).
During the second day of the conference, Prof Miia Kivipelto gave a plenary lecture and discussed multimodal prevention studies and lifestyle changes during the pandemic. As the coordinator of the global World-Wide FINGERS network and the EU-FINGERS project, she noted that the pandemic has had significant effects on many modifiable risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer´s disease, and on ongoing randomised clinical trials for dementia risk reduction and prevention.
Ana Diaz presented a quick-oral presentation entitled “Facilitating the involvement of people with and at risk of Alzheimer’s dementia in prevention research: The EU-FINGERS example”. The presentation provided an overview of the EU-FINGERS Advisory Board, and the outcomes of the discussions that took place during the first nine months of board´s activities. We were glad that several members of the EU-FINGERS Advisory Board were in attendance during the three-day event.
The EU-FINGERS Consortium also had the opportunity to hold a virtual booth, in which Francesca Mangialasche, Myroslava Protsiv and Cindy Birck represented the consortium.
Mark the dates of the next Alzheimer Europe Conference (#33AEC) in your calendars. “Building bridges” will take place in Bucharest, Romania from 5 to 7 December 2022.
You can find more information on the conference on the Alzheimer Europe website: https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/