World's Alzheimer's disease experts to showcase latest research


CHICAGO – The newest treatment advances in Alzheimer's disease and steps toward prevention will be on display at the 9th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, July 17-22, 2004, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association, the conference is the world's premiere forum for research advances in Alzheimer's disease.

"The Alzheimer's Association's goal of delaying the disabling symptoms and eventually preventing Alzheimer's is a feasible objective that we believe the research community can achieve in the next decade," said Sheldon Goldberg, Alzheimer's Association president and CEO. "The International Conference is the most important forum for introducing the latest discoveries in Alzheimer research. This is where world research leaders and all of us affected by this disease – and that means everyone – get to see the return on the international, and the Association's, investment in Alzheimer research."

The conference is expected to attract 5,000 researchers to share groundbreaking information on the causes of Alzheimer's, how it progresses, and ways it can be monitored and treated – plus possible strategies for slowing its progression and delaying or preventing its onset.

Presentation topics will include:

  • Treatments: current interventions and approaches to future therapies
  • Risk factors and how lifestyle changes may impact risk for the disease
  • Genetics and genetic testing
  • Diagnosis: cognitive testing, biomarkers and neuroimaging
  • Causes: amyloid, tau and other disease mechanisms
  • Animal and other model systems for doing research
  • Care issues: patient management and social-behavioral research
  • Human and animal prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob and "Mad Cow"

Alzheimer's Disease and the Alzheimer's Association:

An estimated 4.5 million Americans now have Alzheimer's disease with millions more – the Baby Boom generation – about to enter the age of greatest risk for the disease. Without a cure, the Alzheimer's Association estimates that between 11 and 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease by 2050.

The Alzheimer's Association urges Baby Boomers and all Americans to "Maintain Your Brain." There is increasing evidence that changes in lifestyle and health habits such as those that help the heart – exercising, eating properly, and controlling blood sugar levels, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure – may also benefit the brain.

"When we ask Americans to 'Maintain Your Brain,' we're also asking them to learn what we know about Alzheimer's disease, understand the great progress made by the medical research community, and join us in advocating for a renewed commitment to research and improved care for those with Alzheimer's disease," Goldberg added.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Since 1982, the association has funded more than $150 million in Alzheimer research. Through its national network, the Association advances research, improves services and care, creates awareness of Alzheimer's disease and mobilizes support. Visit or call 800-272-3900.

Special Session Focuses on Imaging and Alzheimer's:

On Saturday, July 17, the Alzheimer's Imaging Consortium will hold a one-day meeting focusing on the use of all types of imaging (including MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, and others) for diagnosis, therapy, monitoring, early detection, and basic research.

Other sponsored satellite symposia and official ancillary events held during the 9th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders will include:

  • Care for People with Dementia: Perspectives from Technology and Lessons from Around the World – sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association
  • Frontotemporal Dementia: Clinical, Genetic, Biomarker and Pathological Perspectives
  • Changing Views of Alzheimer's Disease-2004 – sponsored by World Events Forum
  • Current Progress on Development of Therapeutic Strategies Based Upon the Amyloid Hypothesis – sponsored by Ιlan Corporation, plc
  • Understanding Clinical Trials: Putting Data to Good Use for the Individual Patient – sponsored by Forest Laboratories, Inc.
  • Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease – sponsored by AstraZeneca
  • The Pivotal Role of Galantamine in the Treatment of Dementia – sponsored by Janssen-Cilag
  • New Horizons in the Management of Cognitive Impairment – sponsored by Janssen-Cilag
  • 2004 Update: New Insights Into the Spectrum of Dementia – sponsored by Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc.
  • Progression Rates in Dementia: Impact on Disease Outcomes and Treatment – sponsored by Novartis Pharma AG
  • The Alzheimer's Disease Challenge: Overcoming Barriers and Improving Outcomes – sponsored by Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Conference Sponsors:

  • Premier Level Sponsor: Ιlan Corporation, plc
  • Gold Level Sponsors: Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Janssen-Cilag
  • Silver Level Sponsors: Eisai, Inc. and Pfizer Inc; Novartis Pharma AG; Beverly Enterprises
  • Bronze Level Sponsor: AstraZeneca; Intel Corporation

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