“Dementia is undoubtedly the biggest health and care challenge facing the world today.”

Dr Yves Joanette, Chair of the WDC

Established after the G8 dementia summit in December 2013, the World Dementia Council (WDC) unites leading experts from across the global dementia community including researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, industry, regulators, public sector and people living with dementia with the shared ambition to find solutions to this devastating condition.

With 24 members across six continents, the WDC has a unique role to play in changing the course of dementia and supporting millions of people living with this devastating disease.

Read about the action we are taking.

Read more about the history of the WDC.

Our vision

We aim to achieve a world where society, governments, industry, researchers and health and care systems have worked together to transform the prospects for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia so that the diseases no longer destroy lives in the way they do today.

The WDC has five core priorities:


  • Advancing levels of innovative and global public and private finance

Integrated Development

  • Increasing the speed and reliability of delivering innovative medicines through efficient and effective integrated drug development

Research, Open Science and Data

  • Fostering a culture of open science and collaborative global research, including the use of bid data approaches


  • Ensuring the quality of life and delivery of quality care for people living with dementia and their carers

Risk Reduction

  • Reducing the risk of dementia through lifestyle and other approaches

Global Teams

Each priority area is led by a member of the WDC – A Global Lead who has brought together a Global Team with expertise and experience of the priority area. The Global Teams lead on the delivery of the overall WDC priorities. You can read more about the work of the Global Teams by clicking on the links above.

You can read our plan for 2016-18 here: wdc-plan-delivering-the-difference