News highlights: Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017

Written by Lauren Pulling, Editor

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC; 16–20 July 2017) was a fantastic 5-day meeting, bringing together the world’s best minds in Alzheimer’s research and care. Below we’ve collated news highlights to come out of the conference, plus you can soon expect a series of interview with speakers from the event. To kick us off, have a listen to our #NCTalks podcast with Julie Williams, Professor of Neuropsychological Genetics at Cardiff University (UK) and the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Welsh Government, to hear more about her work on susceptibility genes in Alzheimer’s disease.
News headlines

AAIC 2017: One-third of dementia cases may be preventable, says new Lancet International Commission report

The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care has reported that more than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable through addressing lifestyle factors that impact an individual’s risk.

AAIC 2017: Alzheimer’s Association announces $20 million US lifestyle intervention study

The US POINTER trial aims to examine lifestyle interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in the USA.

AAIC 2017: Pipeline analysis reveals that 35 Alzheimer’s drugs are in Phase II and III clinical development

The analysis also reported an increase in Alzheimer’s drugs in development from 2016 to 2017.

AAIC 2017: How important are dietary patterns in maintaining cognitive function?

Findings from four large, population-based studies have further confirmed the importance of good dietary practices in maintaining healthy brain function and reducing dementia risk.

AAIC 2017: Sensory functions identified as risk factors for cognitive decline

Studies from University of Wisconsin highlight expanded risk factors for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease

AAIC 2017: Accelerated cognitive decline linked to emergency hospitalizations

Non-elective hospital admissions found to result in a 60% rate of cognitive decline in data presented at AAIC 2017.

AAIC 2017: Shortage of neurologists in US revealed

20 US states identified as ‘dementia neurology deserts’ in data presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

AAIC 2017: Racial disparities in dementia risk highlighted by new data

A series of studies presented at AAIC have demonstrated that risk factors for dementia, such as early-life stress, may disproportionately affect African Americans, contributing to racial disparity in dementia risk.