International experts gathered on 9 February to take a look at the state of play in dementia risk reduction for the second workshop in the dementia landscape project series. Chaired by Professor Kaarin Anstey and Professor Philippe Amouyel, the discussion included over 40 prominent figures from academia, not-for-profit organizations and governments to review the current thinking on dementia prevention, what advances have been made, and where improvements can still be made.
Dr Michele Cecchini from the OECD offered insights into other areas of disease prevention and some of the lessons to be learnt from other public health initiatives. Professor Carol Brayne examined the development of science behind reducing the risk of dementia, as well as a contribution from Dr Yoshiki Niimi presenting how the Japanese government have gone about implementing dementia prevention strategies.
The workshops in the series are being held to help track progress made since the world’s first G8 dementia summit was held in 2013 in London. It was here that the international community of top scientists in the field, research funders, pharmaceutical companies and governments committed to accelerate the research agenda and deliver the first disease-modifying treatment by 2025 (a primary aim of the 2025 goals).