Consultation held on 20-21 June 2013 at Oxford University, UK in collaboration with the Global Coalition on Aging.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxford University and the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) concluded on Friday, 21 June 2013 aone-day expert consultation on "Unlocking Global Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”.

Aimed at providing input to the OECD action agenda for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the consultation brought together the highest level of global experts across health, economics, public policy, business, biotechnology and beyond.

JPND was represented on the conference programme by Prof. Martin Rossor, Vice-Chair of the JPND Scientific Advisory Board whopresented in the session entitled “From Bench to Bedside: meeting the needs of patients, academia , and industry”.

The consultation’s timing is aligned with UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent recognition that dementia is fast becoming the biggest pressure on care systems around the world. “That’s why we’re using the G8 to bring together health ministers, clinical researchers and healthcare companies. “he said “If the brightest minds are working together on this then we’ve got a greater chance of improving treatments and finding scientific breakthroughs. I’ve said before that we need an all-out fight-back against dementia that cuts across society. Now we need to cut across borders and spearhead an international approach that could really make a difference.”

“The global scale of the pending healthcare-economic crisis mandates a bold forward looking action plan to harmonize a multi-nation attack on the problem," noted Zaven Khachaturian, recognized at the meeting as the ‘Chief Architect’ of Alzheimer & Brain Aging research in the United States, now the President of the Campaign to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by 2020. He indicated the urgent need for a "multinational strategic goal for reducing the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other chronic brain disorders by 50 percent within a decade" – thus urging the OECD to "identify the framework conditions to accelerate multi-national collaborative R&D."

George Vradenburg, Chairman of USAgainstAlzheimer’s and convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s, called for new attention, resources, commitment and collaboration to defeat Alzheimer’s disease. In his keynote speech, coined "The Oxford Accord," he called for G8 leadership equivalent to the G8 Summit that created the HIV/AIDS Global Fund.

Consultation experts presented their views for proactive public policy and an OECD role in supporting actions to: promote broad-based partnerships; identify incentives, frameworks and infrastructures for enhanced international data sharing; leverage big data as strategies to advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, improve care, promote global exchange of good practice and move toward cure and even prevention.

Clickhere or at the link below for the conference programme and presentations.  The JPND presentation is availablehere or at the second link below:



July 1, 2013