National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2016 Update. Strategy 4.C: Coordinate United States Efforts with Those of the Global Community

08/01/2016

World Dementia Research Leaders. NIA convened a research-specific meeting of 50 dementia leaders February 11, 2015, at NIH in Bethesda. National health experts, including NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, from the G7 countries -- the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan -- shared their recent progress in dementia research and care, and discussed research spending, clinical research strategies, and critical areas for future collaborations.

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Global Action Against Dementia. In December 2013, with its Presidency of the G8, the United Kingdom hosted the G8 Dementia Summit, bringing together leaders from around the world. With support from Prime Minister David Cameron, G8 countries established the Global Action Against Dementia (GAAD), which elaborated a shared vision for addressing dementia on a global scale. GAAD was driven largely by stakeholders within the United Kingdom government, senior members of the U.S. Congress, and key advocates within the United States who are also members of the Secretary's Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. In March, 2015, the United States supported shifting leadership of GAAD from the G8 to the World Health Organization, in order to ensure the involvement of low and middle-income countries through expansion of the GAAD beyond the G8.

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World Dementia Council. Another of the main outcomes from the G8 Dementia Summit in 2013 was the creation of the World Dementia Council (WDC). WDC is a group of NGO and private sector representatives working in tandem with government representatives of the G8, and now, WHO, to carry out recommendations coming out of the Global Action Against Dementia Summit. While the government of the United Kingdom initially oversaw activities of the WDC, in 2016, the WDC became an independent body. In 2016, the WDC expanded to include membership from low and middle income countries, and four Global Teams were developed. The teams will address: (1) Integrated Development; (2) Research, Open Science and Data; and (3) Care and Risk Reduction. Many of these initiatives are in line with the goals of the National Plan, and since a number of members of the NAPA Advisory Council are on the WDC, we will maintain a liaison and continued coordination between the National Plan and the work of the WDC and other international activities.

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