On December 5, global leaders came together at the Wellcome Trust offices in London for a meeting of the World Dementia Council, the body charged with leading the global response to dementia and coordinating international efforts toward effective therapy by 2025. Their objective was to reflect on developments since the WDC’s inception five years ago, and to outline hurdles and next steps for the future.
Called “Defeating Dementia: Progress and challenges on the road to 2025,” the meeting convened about 100 stakeholders from around the world. Government leaders included former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, U.K. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, and Japanese Assistant Minister for Health and Welfare Kenji Suwazono. They sat alongside dementia advocacy leaders, patients, and scientists while they gave updates and strategized on research funding, data-sharing, improvements in care, technology use, clinical trials, and changes to public policy. “This is the body that’s able to ensure that the global conversation is happening, and that dementia remains high up on the international agenda,” said WDC member Samantha Budd Haeberlein, Biogen, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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