The JPND Scientific Advisory Board has identified public health as an emerging area in neurodegenerative disease (ND) research, with relevance across the basic, clinical and health and social care domains. In addition, dementia has been recognised as a public health priority by the WHO and the G8 dementia summit declaration (2013).

On June 21, 2017, JPND hosted a workshop to explore the development of public health in ND research to provide a view of the opportunities and challenges in the near and longer term. The workshop also examined the barriers and solutions involved in giving greater priority to public health research, particularly in areas such as prevention and risk-reduction.

The workshop was attended by 39 experts from a wide range of disciplines including public health, epidemiology, neuropsychology, health and social care, neurology, health economics, and biomedical ethics.

The final report on the workshop findings is available here.

Participant list: C. Alessi, P. Amouyel, E. Beghi, Y. Ben-Shlomo, M. Brainin, R. Chattat, N. Chowdhary, A. Comas-Herrera, A. Diaz, C. Dufouil, A. Elbaz, T. Fladby, T. Gasser, C. Gastmans, A. Ikram, A. Innes, F. Jessen, M. Kivimaki, S. Koehler, A. Leyland, G. Livingston, F. Matthews, R. Melis, N. Mimica, G. Mountain, E. O’Shea, J. Cuesta, M. Perquin, E. Richard, S. Riedel-Heller, I. Robertson, A. Rodrigues, M. Rossor, N. Scarmeas, C. Scerri, S. Seshadri, H. Tiemeier, J. Tuomilehto, M. de Vugt.