The first G8 Summit on dementia is being held in London on December 11th, 2013

The G8 Dementia Summit will bring together, for the first time, health ministers from around the world with the aim of stimulating investment in dementia research, improving the prevention and treatment of dementia, and improving quality of life for people with dementia. 

‘The G8 Summit in London presents a unique opportunity for international leaders to tackle dementia on a global scale and represents a large step forward in raising awareness and promoting the need for increased research in this area’, according to Professor Philippe Amouyel, Chair of the JPND Management Board. 

The number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million – a figure set to triple within a generation.  With no single country having the resources to combat dementia alone, the G8 summit is therefore a very positive step towards international commitments to increase research investments and improve coordination of dementia research.

‘As the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s, JPND is looking forward to working with the new plans and initiatives emerging from the summit’, said Professor Amouyel.  ‘JPND has developed a widely recognized research strategy and accumulated a large experience in large collaborative programs in dementia that can help to accelerate the development of future G8 proposals, as suggested by arecent editorial in The Lancet Neurology’.

JPND brings together researchers, national funding bodies and the existing research evidence in 27 countries to investigate the key research questions and barriers to progress in the area of neurodegenerative diseases.

G8 Countries:
Canada, France, Germany, Italy Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States of America (with representation from the European Union)

JPND-participating Countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

The summit declaration and comminique were released on Dec. 11th 2013.  You can  download both at the file links below:

December 9, 2013