A look back at AAIC 2016
Last week, the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference took place in Toronto. The event is the world’s largest forum for the dementia research community. Dementia professionals and patients from over 70 countries gather at AAIC to network and discuss the latest dementia study results, theories and discoveries.
Our charity partners Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society attended and have been writing about some of the latest research presented at the conference. It was a busy week and we thought we’d bring you a round-up of their articles:
You may have seen in the news last week, the results of the first phase III clinical trial with a drug aimed at blocking ‘tau’. The drug is thought to prevent toxic ‘tau tangles’ from forming inside nerve cells, which are a hallmark of both Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. There has been a mixed response in the international press to how successful the trials have been and you can read more about it on the Alzheimer’s Research UK blog.
New research was also presented, suggesting that eye tests may be able to help diagnose early signs of neurodegeneration. This article from Alzheimer’s Society explains how.
Other highlights of the conference included some sessions on the role of the immune system in dementia and whether it can end up causing more harm than good in some circumstances. Take a look at the Alzheimer’s Research UK story here.
Another interesting topic discussed at the AAIC, was new evidence of factors that may protect against cognitive decline and dementia. Research suggests that things such as working in a social job might provide protection against dementia later in life. You can read more about that on the Alzheimer’s Society website.
Finally, Join Dementia Research were also present at the Conference. Piers Kotting, Programme Director at the Office of the National Director for Dementia Research, gave a presentation on Join Dementia Research at a symposium organised by Alzheimer Society Canada. This was along with our Champion Hilary Doxford who also talked at the event and discussed the positive impact of Join Dementia Research.