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Adam Smith adds to the World Dementia Council Global Voices

From the World Dementia Council

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Every month the World Dementia Council invite guests to write blogs on important issues. This month our own Adam Smith, was invited to contribute and highlight the important contributions and challenges for Early Career Researchers.

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The World Dementia Council is an international charity established by the G8 (now G7) at the London Dementia Summit in 2013. At the London summit the G8 made historic commitments to improve the lives of people affected by dementia today and to speed up the development of disease modifying drugs so that the first treatment is available by 2025.

The role of the council is to challenge and support international governmental organisation to realise and accede these 2025 ambitions. Through monitoring progress, identifying what further international action is needed and building, expanding and nurturing global networks we help galvanise global efforts to beat dementia.

The council has a membership of 24 senior experts and global leaders in dementia drawn from research, academia, industry, and NGOs in both high-income and low- and middle-income countries, including two leaders with a personal dementia diagnosis. It also has associate members, compromising of organisations such as WHO and the OECD, as well as national governments. Since it was established, the council has met regularly to review the international dementia agenda and progress towards the 2025 goals. The council has an executive team based in London, UK.

The council’s multi-sectoral composition is its strength. It places the council in a formidable position to identify opportunities between sectors and organisations, in order to accelerate progress in addressing the challenges of dementia and influence collaboration in ways that will help catalyse the global response to the condition.

Global Dialogue

A global dialogue as part of the dementia landscape project series will gather international leaders on 10 November 2021 to discuss the priorities and challenges faced by early career research scientists working in the field of dementia.

We are pleased to announce this dialogue will be led by Professor Anja Leist, co-chair of World Young Leaders in Dementia and Professor Paulo Caramelli, professor of neurology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The global project is reviewing international progress towards the 2025 dementia goals. At the G8 dementia summit in 2013, governments pledged to work together to advance research, improve care, raise awareness and prevent dementia. We are currently holding a series of global dialogue events of global experts to inform this project, and in 2021 the Council will publish a report on progress towards the 2025 goals.

Other dialogues that have been held as part of this series have included the topics of research, which have explored biomarkers and advances in treatments as well as in clinical trials, care, which assessed the models of care and the burden of caregivers, as well as on prevention, which looked at the state of play around current thinking in risk reduction strategies and lessons from other public health initiatives. We have also held other further dialogue events on technology in dementia, dementia in low- and middle-income countries, data sharing for dementia research, ageing societies, and health system readiness.

Read the blog on the World Dementia Council Global Voices website –

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