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Annual Report 2016

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Preface

As the new Chairperson of Alzheimer Europe, I am very pleased to introduce this year’s Annual Report highlighting Alzheimer Europe's activities in 2016. I was deeply honoured to be elected at our 2016 Annual Meeting to take the succession of Heike von Lützau-Hohlbein, our Chairperson of six years and hope to provide the same exemplary leadership to Alzheimer Europe in the coming years.

As in previous years, our core activities were funded by the EU health programme, in the form of an operating grant from the European Commission. Alzheimer Europe and its member organisations are very grateful for this ongoing support to improve the lives of people with dementia along with their families and carers.

In 2016, people with dementia were involved in all aspects of AE's work. The European Working Group of People with Dementia met on a regular basis to develop and carry out activities such as participating in European research projects and speaking at international conferences. These activities did not go unnoticed; the group was very pleased to receive an international award that recognised their work to enhance the health, wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia and their families. In October, the group began its third two-year term by welcoming new members and electing a new Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons to its Board. The group also organised a very popular symposium at the 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference and several members participated in the plenary sessions. In addition, the Chairpersons of the EWGPWD participated in all 2016 AE Board meetings as ex-facto members with full voting rights.

On a national level, we were pleased to note and report on the launch of new national dementia strategies or neurodegenerative disease strategies in four countries and extensions of existing strategies in another three. These countries are all represented in Alzheimer Europe and we are also following the progress of strategies that are still in development. This is a clear and welcome indicator of increased awareness of dementia in individual countries, but also on a European level.

In 2016, the Netherlands took over the six month EU Presidency from Luxembourg and maintained dementia as a priority, with an emphasis on the financial viability of dementia care. In April, a dedicated conference on “Living well with(out) dementia” which was attended by numerous representatives from European Health Ministries and also AE and its member organisations. In July, the EU Presidency passed to Slovakia, which took similar steps to ensure that dementia stayed at the forefront of the European health agenda and organised a conference on Alzheimer’s disease as the “epidemic of the third millennium”.

In the European Parliament, we saw our European Alzheimer's Alliance (EAA) grow to reach 128 MEPs from 28 countries and it remains one of the Parliament's biggest interest groups. In 2016, members of the alliance provided articles for the Dementia in Europe magazine and hosted or attended our two lunch debates in Brussels. On 28 June, MEPs Marisa Matias (Portugal) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland) co-hosted the debate entitled “Using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to support the rights of people living with dementia”. On 6 December, the debate hosted by Nessa Childers, MEP (Ireland) and a Vice-Chairperson of the EAA, focused on comparing and benchmarking national responses to the dementia challenge.

The latter featured a presentation of the results of AE's European Dementia Monitor, a 2016 survey of national dementia strategies and policies. During the year, AE also produced its Dementia in Europe Yearbook - which focuses on decision making and legal capacity issues in dementia - and a discussion paper on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions and use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2016, our European Dementia Observatory continued to grow, both in terms of content and audience reach. Alzheimer Europe published two issues of the Dementia in Europe magazine, which featured a variety of articles on policy developments such as interviews with health ministers, the actions of the EU Presidencies and the global dementia initiatives of the WHO. The monthly AE newsletter, which now reaches close to 7,500 subscribers, published a total of 730 articles. In addition to policy issues, the newsletter reports on the activities of AE's members and the latest developments in dementia research.

This scientific coverage is bolstered by the Expert Advisory Panel, a group of acknowledged experts that helps us to accurately report on medical breakthroughs. All newsletter articles are posted on AE's website, which saw an increase to almost 770,000 unique visitors during the year. Our social media activities are also on the upswing, particularly on Twitter: the 2016 conference hashtag #26AEC had over 20 million tweet impressions and AE was named among the top ten most followed NGOs on Twitter by Members of the European Parliament in a survey carried out by Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

AE's 26th Annual Conference took place in Copenhagen, co-hosted by Alzheimerforeningen, the Danish Alzheimer Association. Our theme, "Excellence in dementia research and care”, attracted over 710 delegates - including 35 people with dementia - with a programme featuring some 150 speakers and 189 poster presentations. The event was organised under the Honorary Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, who spoke at the Opening Ceremony and also attended the special session hosted by the European Working Group of People with Dementia. AE's Annual General Meeting took place just before the conference and we were pleased to accept Alzheimer Albania and the Hungarian Cluster Association as new provisional members of Alzheimer Europe. The delegates also elevated Italy’s Alzheimer Uniti ONLUS to full member status and elected new members to the Alzheimer Europe Board for the 2016-2018 term.

In 2016, AE expanded its participation in EU research projects and is now an active partner in AETIONOMY, AMYPAD, EMIF, EPAD, INDUCT, MinD, MOPEAD, NILVAD, PACE, PredictND, ROADMAP, SMART4MD and SyDAD. These projects provide an additional funding stream and also allow us to stay at the forefront of European dementia research. AE is also participating in DEM 2, the 2nd European Joint Action on Dementia which brings together ministries of health and academics. In addition, AE became a member of the European Disability Forum and continued its productive cooperation with INTERDEM, a pan-European research network for psychosocial interventions in dementia.

All of these accomplishments are due to the efforts of the staff members of Alzheimer Europe. I am pleased to commend the excellent work of this small team, which is headed by Executive Director Jean Georges and includes Kate Boor-Ellis, Vanessa Challinor, Ana Diaz, Dianne Gove, Gwladys Guillory, Stefanie Peulen, Alex Teligadas and Grazia Tomasini.

I would also like to thank the corporate sponsors that provided support to our 2016 activities. We very much appreciate the generosity of Axovant, Biogen, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Lilly, Lundbeck, Merck, Merz, MSD, Nestlé, Newsweaver, Novartis, Nutricia, Otsuka, Pfizer, Piramal, Roche and SCA Global Hygiene.

Finally, I am most grateful to my fellow Board members for their helpful advice and recommendations; these are inspired by many years of experience of working with national Alzheimer associations across Europe. I would like to give a special mention to Heike von Lützau-Hohlbein, who stepped down from the Board in October after many years of dedicated service as Honorary Treasurer and Chairperson of Alzheimer Europe. In addition, I wish to thank all the representatives from our national member associations and the external experts who collaborated in our activities and projects.

I eagerly look forward to a very productive 2017 and our continued cooperation with our national member organisations, external experts and corporate sponsors.

Iva Holmerová
Chairperson of Alzheimer Europe


Executive Summary

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe:

  • received an operating grant from the European health programme for its core activities
  • collaborated with the Dutch and Slovak EU Presidencies and actively contributed to their Presidency Conferences “Living well with(out) dementia” in Amsterdam May and “Alzheimer’s disease – epidemic of the third millennium: Are we ready to face it?” in Bratislava in November
  • participated as an observer in the meetings of the group of governmental experts on dementia convened by DG SANTE
  • developed close working relationships with the new Joint Action on Dementia coordinated by the Scottish Government and contributed to the four priority actions of timely diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, crisis management and care coordination, quality of residential care and dementia-friendly communities
  • was consulted by the World Health Organisation on the development of the Global Dementia Observatory and supported the campaign of Alzheimer’s Disease International for the development of a global dementia action plan
  • welcomed the launch of new dementia strategies in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Slovenia  and the development of a neurodegenerative diseases strategy in Spain
  • played an active role in the Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party of the European Medicines Agency
  • continued its work with the European Alzheimer’s Alliance, which ended the year with 128 Members of the European Parliament from 27 out of 28 EU Member States
  • involved members of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance in the organisation of two lunch debates in the European Parliament
  • supported a Written Declaration on the prioritisation of a European dementia strategy which was signed by 135 Members of the European Parliament
  • played an active role as a member of the European Patients’ Forum and supported the development of positions and statements from the broader patient and carer community in response to EU policy developments
  • organised two face-to-face meetings of the public affairs committee for an exchange on EU and national policy developments and campaigns
  • identified legal capacity and proxy decision making as the focus of its 2016 Yearbook, updated the existing national reports and developed new reports to describe national legislation in 31 European countries, produced a comparative report and identified best practices in this field
  • continued with the development of its European Dementia Observatory by proactively identifying relevant policy and research developments and communicating them to its member organisations and wider community
  • continued to partner with Newsweaver for sending its e-mail newsletter which covered 730 dementia-related news and expanded the list of people receiving the newsletter to almost 7,500
  • involved its Expert Advisory Panel in commenting on and providing context to breaking research stories
  • published a Research Digest at the end of the year highlighting the key scientific developments in different scientific areas
  • promoted its website and attracted 769,489 unique website visitors in 2016
  • ensured social media are a full part of the organisation’s communication activities, reached 5,942 Twitter followers and 6,593 Facebook likes by the end of the year
  • involved all AE staff in social media activities which collectively reached over 2.5 million tweet impressions
  • was named one of the top ten most influential NGOs on Twitter for Members of the European Parliament
  • continued to develop its European Dementia Ethics Network and identified the changing definition of Alzheimer’s disease and its ethical implications as the priority of its work
  • set up a working group comprised of ethicists, clinicians, researchers and people with dementia and carers that met twice in 2016 to discuss the ethical issues raised by the changing definition of Alzheimer’s disease
  • published a discussion paper and Alzheimer Europe’s position on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions/use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease
  • organised three meetings of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) with one meeting coinciding with AE’s Annual Conference
  • identified new members to join the EWGPWD for the new mandate of the group starting in November 2016 and ensured that 11 national organisations are represented in the group
  • saw the work of the European Working Group recognised and given the international “Mano Amiga” award
  • involved the EWGPWD in the organisation of the Annual Conference by including representatives in the Programme Committee to help with the selection of abstracts, by inviting them to deliver a keynote presentation and by asking them to organise a special symposium on the experiences of living with dementia
  • involved the EWGPWD in various AE activities, EU projects and research activities where AE is asked to provide the views of people with dementia
  • organised the 26th AE Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark from 31 October to 2 November under the motto “Excellence in dementia research and care” in collaboration with Alzheimerforeningen, the Danish Alzheimer’s association
  • involved its Expert Advisory Panel in the selection of breaking research topics and the selection of abstracts
  • attracted 714 participants from 41 countries to the conference including 35 people with dementia
  • organised its Annual General Meeting in the framework of the Annual Conference and elected a new Board with Iva Holmerová (Czech Republic) as new Chairperson, Charles Scerri (Malta) as Vice-Chairperson, James Pearson (UK-Scotland) as Honorary Secretary and Maria do Rosário Zincke dos Reis (Portugal) as Honorary Treasurer
  • updated its member organisations on relevant EU policy developments and involved them in the development of policy positions through AE’s public affairs working group
  • organised its second Alzheimer’s Association Academy in December 2016 which consisted of a series of capacity-building seminars on the working of the European institutions, lobbying activities and the clinical trial process
  • welcomed Alzheimer Albania and the Hungarian Cluster Association as new provisional members and elevated Alzheimer Uniti ONLUS to full member
  • improved collaboration with the INTERDEM network and contributed to two papers on social health and assistive technology
  • continued to play an active role as a member of the European Patients’ Forum
  • reviewed its partnership agreement with ADI and continued to coordinate with ADI to develop common approaches to the ongoing G7, G20, OECD and WHO initiatives in the field of dementia
  • continued its collaboration with AGE Platform Europe, the Interest Group on Mental Health, Well-being and Brain Disorders and the Interest Group on Carers
  • joined the European Disability Forum as an ordinary member and became a founding member of the European Covenant on Demographic Change
  • started its involvement in three new projects funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative, namely AMYPAD (Amyloid imaging to prevent Alzheimer’s disease), MOPEAD (Models of Patient Engagement for Alzheimer’s disease) and ROADMAP (Real world outcomes across the Alzheimer’s disease spectrum for better care: multi-model data access platform)
  • continued its involvement in the EU funded projects AETIONOMY, EPAD, EMIF, NILVAD, PACE, PredictND and SMART4MD by representing the views of people with dementia and their carers in the research consortium, by contributing to the ethical discussions and by supporting the communication and dissemination activities towards a non-scientific audience
  • supported INDUCT, MinD and SyDAD, exchange projects funded under the Marie Curie programme
  • developed a number of activities funded thanks to the support of its corporate sponsors and partners and organised three company round tables bringing together the AE Board, representatives of corporate sponsors and AE members
  • published two editions of the Dementia in Europe magazine
  • published on its website dementia-friendly information on ongoing phase III clinical trials conducted in two or more European countries (Clinical Trials Watch)
  • collected 71 national guidelines on the diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia
  • finalised the findings of the European Dementia Monitor and presented them at a lunch debate in the European Parliament
  • developed, in collaboration with the University of Bangor, a survey on carers’ experiences of diagnosis which will be conducted in 2017 in the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (Scotland) thanks to financial support of Roche

Introduction

The Strategic Plan of Alzheimer Europe sets out the four main objectives of the organisation and highlights key aims and actions to be undertaken under each objective for the period covered by the plan (2016-2020). This year’s Annual Report breaks down the organisation’s core activities into these four key strategic objectives and follows the structure of the 2016 Annual Work Plan, which was adopted at the Annual General Meeting in Ljubljana in 2015.

In addition, the report highlights the activities undertaken by Alzheimer Europe in support of EU projects it had been partnering with and presents those activities it has been able to carry out thanks to the support of its corporate sponsors.


AE Core Activities

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe received the support of the European Commission. The following core activities of the organisation were funded thanks to an operating grant to Alzheimer Europe in the framework of the Public Health Programme.

Objective 1: Making dementia a European priority

Collaborating with EU initiatives

2016 saw a number of key developments at EU level, which Alzheimer Europe was able to contribute to and which marked a growing recognition of dementia as a European and national priority.

Both the Dutch and Slovak Presidencies of the European Union dedicated a conference to dementia. Alzheimer Europe participated in both “Living well with(out) dementia” on 9 and 10 May in Amsterdam and “Alzheimer’s disease – epidemic of the third millennium: Are we ready to face it?” on 29 November in Bratislava. The Dutch Presidency Conference focused on three themes: living well with(out) dementia and the growing importance of prevention and risk reduction, living well at home and living well in care homes and provided the opportunity for a number of EU funded projects to be showcased. Similarly, the Slovak Presidency Conference centred on four key themes: dementia as a global health priority, prevention and intervention strategies in Alzheimer’s disease, national programmes and action plans on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as a European Presidency priority.

The group of EU governmental experts on dementia was convened twice by DG SANTE of the European Commission and met in February in Luxembourg and in November in Bratislava. The government experts exchanged information on ongoing national initiatives and dementia strategies and identified areas for the collection and exchange of good practices. Alzheimer Europe participates in these meetings in an observer capacity.

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe was also actively involved in the 2nd Joint Action on Dementia coordinated by the Scottish Government and participated in the Programme Board and the Evaluation and Dissemination Groups. Alzheimer Europe also contributed to the four policy priority areas on timely diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, care coordination and crisis management, quality of residential care and dementia-friendly communities. The organisation’s European Working Group of People with Dementia provided input to the ongoing work on dementia-friendly communities.

On a global level, the World Health Organisation (WHO) further developed its activities on dementia. A ministerial panel convened by the Swiss government on 23 May and supported by the health ministers of Austria, Ethiopia, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands and the USA called for the development of a global dementia action plan. In response, the WHO started the development of the Global Dementia Observatory, a knowledge hub for dementia, which will provide epidemiological trends and a comparison of national data sources and policies on dementia. Alzheimer Europe was consulted during the development phase of the Global Dementia Observatory.

On a national level, Alzheimer Europe was very satisfied to see the launch of new national dementia strategies in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Slovenia, a new neurodegenerative disease strategy in Spain and extensions of existing strategies in Flanders, Norway and Switzerland. During the year, there were also ongoing efforts to develop strategies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Sweden and Wales.

Finally, Alzheimer Europe also continued its collaboration with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2016 as a full member of EMA’s Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party (PCWP). AE staff participated in PCWP meetings organised during the course of the year and the annual training session for representatives of patients’ associations. In addition, Ana Diaz participated in a series of user tests of a prototype of the EMA’s clinical trial data publication website. Ana was also a member of the Task Force convened to develop EU Guidelines on Summaries of Clinical Trial Results for Laypersons.

European Alzheimer’s Alliance

During 2016, EAA membership grew to 128 MEPs from 27 Member States. Françoise Grossetête (France, EPP) continued as Chair of the Alliance. The Vice-Chairs are Nessa Childers (Ireland, S&D), Marisa Matias (Portugal, GUE/NGL), Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland, EPP), Frédérique Ries (Belgium, ALDE) and Keith Taylor (United Kingdom, Green/EFA).

Alzheimer Europe gratefully acknowledges the support of all the Members of the European Parliament who were present or represented at the Alzheimer Europe lunch debates, contributed to Alzheimer Europe’s Dementia in Europe magazine or supported national member organisations in their campaigns to make dementia a national and European priority.

11 Members of the European Parliament submitted a Written Declaration on the prioritisation of a European dementia strategy, which received the support of 135 of their colleagues. Unfortunately, the declaration lapsed on 11 July as it did not receive the backing of half of the Members of the European Parliament.

Jointly developing policy

As in previous years, Alzheimer Europe was an active member of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) and contributed, alongside other European organisations, to the development of cross-disease positions on EU consultations and legislative proposals. In particular, EPF invited AE to contribute to recommendations for patient-centred implementation of the provisions of the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation (Regulation 536/2014). This study consisted of a survey focusing on informed consent and information to patients. In August, AE also contributed via EPF to the European Commission draft guidance on lay summaries of clinical trials.

AE worked closely with its member associations and organised meetings with public affairs representatives to discuss EU policy developments and to have an active exchange on national lobbying and campaigning activities.

Objective 2: Supporting policy with facts

Comparing national systems and identifying best practices

In December, Alzheimer Europe published its 2016 Dementia in Europe Yearbook, entitled “Decision making and legal capacity in dementia”. These were not new topics for AE, since the organisation had started looking at these issues almost two decades ago in 1997, with its Lawnet project on legislation relating to the rights of people with dementia from the then 15 Member States of the European Union. The Lawnet project was presented in AE’s 2010 Dementia in Europe Yearbook, while the 2009 report focused on national laws in Europe, with regard to healthcare decision making by people with dementia. The 2016 Dementia in Europe Yearbook, “Decision making and legal capacity in dementia” provides an update on information collected in both these earlier reports.

All AE members as well as experts from Lithuania and Latvia were invited to participate, with a total of 31 countries contributing. In addition, some members of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) participated, providing personal accounts of their experiences related to the main topics discussed.

The first part of the report provides information on how legislation regulates the issue of legal capacity in questions such as: contractual capacity, testamentary capacity, criminal responsibility, civil responsibility/ liability, marriage and political rights (i.e. the right to vote). The second section of the report looks at issues related to consent to treatment and research, and refers to the legal framework in each country and provisions for consent for people lacking the capacity to consent. The final section introduces the topic of systems of substitute decision making and reviews the existing legislation across Europe applying to court-appointed decision makers (i.e. guardians) and powers of attorney.

European Dementia Observatory

Over the past years, Alzheimer Europe has continuously improved the information it provides to its members and external stakeholders on key developments in the field of dementia.

In 2016, AE published 11 editions of its monthly e-mail newsletter, with July and August being combined. These e-newsletters contained information on AE’s activities and those of its member organisations, updates on projects in which AE is involved, interesting policy initiatives both at national and European level, scientific developments, human interest stories, new resources and publications and, job opportunities, as well as publishing accounts written by people living with dementia.

A total of 730 articles were featured in AE’s 2016 monthly e-newsletter (607 in 2015). They can be broken down into categories, as follows:

Subject

Number of articles (2016)

Number of articles (2015)

Activities and projects of Alzheimer Europe

141

137

European policy developments in the field of dementia and European Alzheimer’s Alliance

127

80

National policy developments

69

55

Activities and projects of AE member organisations

179

159

Scientific developments

141

108

Dementia in Society and “Living with dementia” section

32

27

New resources and publications, education and job opportunities

41

43

The AE newsletter had almost 7,500 subscribers at the end of 2016.

AE’s Expert Advisory Panel, set up in 2015, helped ensure that information provided by the organisation on medical and scientific breakthroughs is of the highest possible standard. It consists of 35 experts in various areas of dementia from 18 European countries. In 2016, AE published a research digest consisting of all the scientific articles published in the year’s newsletters. The Expert Advisory Panel contributed to this publication, provided a number of commentaries on breaking scientific stories and also evaluated conference abstracts for the 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Denmark.

AE’s website continued the trend of increasing the number of visitors, attracting 4.29% more visitors, with the total number of unique visitors increasing from 737,858 in 2015 to 769,489 in 2016.

Month

Visitors (2016)

Visitors (2015)

January

59,706

73,928

February

67,865

67,766

March

75,282

73,978

April

73,122

66,911

May

64,540

61,105

June

66,793

64,949

July

51,959

49,906

August

53,626

51,052

September

65,064

59,382

October

70,425

67,765

November

86,242

72,897

December

58,383

51,898

Total:

769,489

737,858

In 2016, AE also continued to step up its social media presence, particularly on Facebook and Twitter.

AE’s Facebook page registered 6,593 “likes” at the end of 2016, an increase from 5,873 likes at the end of 2015. As for Twitter, the association had reached 5,942 followers at the end of 2016 (4,034 in 2015) and had tweeted 1,521 times (1,479 in 2015).

Social media is a daily part of AE’s activities and an integral part of communications related to the Annual Conference as well as other events and projects. The 2016 conference hashtag #26AEC had 20,407,711 tweet impressions and over 1,100 users were actively tweeting about the conference using the hashtag.

All AE team members who are involved in projects and attend AE events are active Twitter users, tweeting from events where they represent the organisation. The total number of Tweets by AE and its team members in 2016 was 3,605 (2,707 in 2015) and tweet impressions reached 2.57 million (1.9 million in 2015). The table below shows AE’s own Twitter account activity in 2016:

Month

Tweets

Tweet impressions

New followers

January

75

162,000

142

February

88

77,900

144

March

126

114,000

148

April

101

106,000

139

May

202

129,000

162

June

262

157,000

226

July

113

98,200

155

August

27

40,200

115

September

67

85,000

197

October

143

153,000

220

November

210

134,000

169

December

107

77,700

122

Total:

1,521

1,334,000

1,939

In July, Alzheimer Europe was named among the top ten most influential NGOs on Twitter in the EU, alongside such household names as Amnesty International, WWF and Greenpeace. This was part of a report produced by Hill + Knowlton Strategies, based on the number of MEPs following NGOs’ accounts.

Objective 3: Basing our actions on ethical principles

As in previous operating grants, AE continued to focus on ethical issues in 2016. In December, the organisation published the “Discussion paper on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions/use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease”.

Recent and ongoing developments in the field of research into the causes and development of AD have led to new ways of understanding this condition. Researchers now suggest AD should be considered as a continuum, ranging from an “at risk” state through to a dementia state, emphasising AD as a possible cause rather than a form of dementia.

AE welcomed continued work towards a better understanding of AD, resulting in the possibility of preventive measures, effective treatments and good quality care. At the same time, it recognised the need to ensure these definitions have a positive impact on people who already have or may develop AD and ensure they are adequately supported, fully respected and treated fairly.

With this in mind, the Ethics Working Group reflected on a range of ethical issues linked to the new AD model and brought them together in the new publication which is a discussion paper containing the position of Alzheimer Europe on this issue. The working group, chaired by Dianne Gove from Alzheimer Europe, was comprised of the following experts in the fields of ethics, the experience of dementia, ageing, psychiatry, psychology, dementia research and policy: Hilary Doxford (United Kingdom), Karine Fauria (Spain), Jean Georges (Luxembourg), Julian Hughes (United Kingdom), Tina Leonard (Ireland), Anneli Sarvimäki (Finland), Mark Schweda (Germany), Sarah Smith (United Kingdom), Hinesh Topiwala (United Kingdom) and Guy Widdershoven (Netherlands).

AE is confident that recent research, leading to the new terminology surrounding AD, as discussed in this paper, will improve understanding of the stages preceding the development of dementia and hopefully one day provide better treatment to prevent, halt or delay the apparition of symptoms. It hopes to compliment these positive developments with this discussion paper, by helping ensure that the ethical and societal implications of these developments are fully addressed.

Objective 4: Building a stronger organisation

European Working Group of People with Dementia

The European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) was originally set up by AE in 2012, following consultations with its member organisations where involvement was identified as a key priority for Alzheimer Europe. The working group met three times in 2016 (21-23 March, 30 October, 12-14 December) and the Chairperson participated in AE Board meetings as a full Board member. The group was consulted to ensure user representation and involvement in all AE activities.

For the 2014-2016 term, Alzheimer Europe was able to involve ten different people with dementia who were nominated by their national organisations in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Jersey, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland).

In October 2016, the group received the international “Mano Amiga” award for its innovative work and initiatives that contribute, in a meaningful and significant way, to enhance the health, wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia and their families.

Also in October, the group welcomed new members from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, Portugal and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Wales) for the next two-year term and elected Helen Rochford-Brennan (Ireland) as the new Chairperson and Alv Orheim (Norway) and Chris Roberts (United Kingdom) as Vice-Chairpersons.

In 2016, the EWGPWD and/or its members contributed towards

  • AE activities (2016 Yearbook on decision making and legal capacity in dementia, discussion paper on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions/use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials watch etc.)
  • AE Conference in Copenhagen with the organisation of a special symposium entitled “Living well with dementia”
  • EU projects where AE is involved (EPAD, MinD, SMART4MD, PredictND)
  • Research activities carried out by other organisations (INTERDEM, ADDIA, Joint Action on Dementia WP5 “Dementia-friendly communities” etc.)
  • Two peer-reviewed papers which have both been accepted for publication in a scientific journal (on social health and on people with dementia as peer researchers)

In addition, members of the group participated in the following meetings:

  • Alzheimer Europe Board meetings by Chairpersons Helga Rohra (February, June, October) and Helen Rochford-Brennan (December)
  • Seminar organised by Roche on the importance of timely diagnosis in Lindau (Germany) on 6-7 June (Helen Rochford-Brennan)
  • Session entitled “Facing the challenge of Alzheimer’s and other dementias” at the European Health Forum Gastein on 28-30 September (Helen Rochford-Brennan) insert photo Gastein 1 (file)
  • IMI Stakeholder Forum in Brussels on 29 September (Hilary Doxford)
  • Award ceremony for the “Mano Amiga” award on 14 October (Helen Rochford-Brennan)
  • INTERDEM Masterclass “Involving people with dementia as advisors in your research” in Copenhagen on 2 November (Helga Rohra)

26th Alzheimer Europe Conference

The 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference (26AEC) was organised from 31 October to 2 November 2016 in Copenhagen together with Alzheimerforeningen, Denmark’s national Alzheimer association. This year’s theme was “Excellence in dementia research and care” and the conference attracted 714 delegates - including 35 people with dementia - with a programme featuring 150 speakers and 189 poster presentations. The event was organised under the Honorary Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, who spoke at the Opening Ceremony and also attended the special session organised by the European Working Group of People with Dementia.

The first plenary session was entitled “A rights-based approach to dementia” while the second session was a round table discussion with five global, European and national officials with an interest in dementia – including Hilary Doxford, Vice-Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) and Board Member of the World Dementia Council. The third plenary session, “Detection and timely diagnosis”, featured a presentation by Helen Rochford-Brennan, Chair of the EWGPWD and the final session focused on the treatment and management of dementia. In addition to the four plenaries, delegates at 26AEC had the choice of 30 different parallel sessions on specific legal, ethical, scientific and human aspects of living with dementia.

The Annual General Meeting of Alzheimer Europe also took place in the framework of the Conference. At the meeting, the delegates adopted AE's 2015 Annual and Financial reports and approved the 2017 Work Plan and Budget. In addition, the delegates elected new members to the Alzheimer Europe Board for the period 2016-2018 with Iva Holmerová (Czech Republic) as new Chairperson, Charles Scerri (Malta) as Vice-Chairperson, James Pearson (UK-Scotland) as Honorary Secretary and Maria do Rosário Zincke dos Reis (Portugal) as Honorary Treasurer.

Supporting and involving member organisations

Alzheimer Europe consistently involves its member organisations in meetings, projects and activities. In 2016, three successful meetings brought together the public affairs representatives of various national associations.

The meeting held in March mainly focused on the development of AE’s 2016 Yearbook “Decision making and legal capacity in dementia”. The delegates also heard about AE’s new public affairs strategy and AE member representatives gave updates on their countries’ awareness campaigns and lobbying work.

June’s meeting focused on developing a model national dementia strategy, based on elements and best practices of existing strategies in the following AE member countries: Austria, France, Ireland, Malta, Switzerland and the UK (England and Scotland). The agenda also included a presentation of the MinD project, which aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing.

In December, AE held its 2nd Alzheimer’s Association Academy. This interactive capacity building event included presentations from various experts on six key topics:

  • The workings of the European institutions
  • Lobbying for change at national level
  • Understanding the clinical trial process
  • Researching new medicines for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understanding research results
  • Pricing, reimbursement and health technology assessment of new AD medicines.

Membership development

In October 2016, the Annual General Meeting voted to accept Alzheimer Albania and the Hungarian Cluster Association as new provisional members of Alzheimer Europe. The delegates discussed and adopted new rules for dealing with multiple full member associations from a single country. This was followed by a vote that elevated Italy’s Alzheimer Uniti ONLUS to full member status. As a result, Alzheimer Europe counted 39 members at the end of 2016 with 35 full members and four provisional members in 34 countries.

Strategic partnerships

Alzheimer Europe continued its cooperation with INTERDEM, a pan-European research network for psychosocial interventions in dementia. The INTERDEM researchers - including Ana Diaz and Dianne Gove - held a series of master classes and meetings at AE's 26th Annual Conference in Copenhagen. Several of them were speakers at the conference and also participated in the selection of topics to be addressed. Ana and Dianne contributed towards two papers (on social health and assistive technology) with INTERDEM members which were subsequently published in peer-reviewed journals.

The organisation also signed a memorandum of understanding with Alzheimer’s Disease International outlining areas for collaboration. In particular, AE supported the campaign of ADI to see dementia recognised as a global and WHO priority. In October, Alzheimer Europe - along with ADI, Dementia Alliance International (DAI) and Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) - submitted a joint formal response to the World Health Organization (WHO) Zero Draft Global Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia. A final version of the Plan will be considered by the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) in May 2017.

Jean Georges joined the ADI delegation for the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA69) of the World Health Organisation on 23 May, where Health Ministers called for greater WHO collaboration on dementia and Vanessa Challinor represented ADI at the 66th European Regional Committee of WHO.

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe also continued its collaboration with other EU organisations, such as AGE Platform Europe, the Interest Group on Mental Health, Well-Being and Brain Disorders and the Interest Group on Carers of the European Parliament and participated in the think tank meetings of EFPIA - the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. AE also developed closer ties with the European Disability Forum and was accepted as an ordinary member at the end of 2016.

In January, Alzheimer Europe officially became one of the 68 founding members of the European Covenant on Demographic Change and Dianne Gove was elected to the first Board of Directors. The Covenant will work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.


Other activities and projects

Involvement in new EU projects

Alzheimer Europe has been a full partner in a number of projects funded by the European research programme and the Innovative Medicines Initiative. In these projects, the organisation typically ensures the views of people with dementia, carers and Alzheimer’s associations are reflected, contributes to the discussion of the ethical issues raised by the projects and supports or leads the dissemination activities. In 2016, AE started its involvement in the following new projects.

AMYPAD

The "Amyloid imaging to prevent Alzheimer’s disease" project aims to improve the diagnostic workup of patients suspected to have Alzheimer's disease and their management. The partners aim to improve knowledge of the natural history of AD in a pre-symptomatic stage, in order to better select patients for trials. In addition, they will monitor changes in beta amyloid deposition in the brain, in order to quantify the impact of novel therapies.

Alzheimer Europe is co-leading the work package on ethics and dissemination. AE was represented by Jean Georges, who attended project meetings in October and December.

MOPEAD

MOPEAD or “Models of Patient Engagement for Alzheimer’s Disease” will create an effective interface between the existing EMIF and EPAD projects, in order to identify and test models of efficient earlier identification of mild AD dementia and prodromal AD. The project will also seek to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, memory complaints, and cognitive decline risks.

Alzheimer Europe is involved in ethics discussions and dissemination activities. In 2016, the association was represented by Kate Boor-Ellis and Jean Georges, who attended the first official project meeting in December. The project also held a special session during Alzheimer Europe’s 26th Annual Conference in October.

ROADMAP

The "Real world outcomes across the Alzheimer’s disease spectrum for better care: multi-modal data access platform" project will provide the foundation for an integrated data environment and framework for real world evidence (RWE) in Alzheimer's disease. This will include the development of consensual key outcome measures and data integration tools for dataset characterisation and outcome classification, as well as guidelines on the handling and interpretation of RWE data.

Alzheimer Europe was represented by Jean Georges and Alex Teligadas, who respectively attended project meetings in March and April. Jean Georges, Dianne Gove and Ana Diaz attended the kick-off meeting in November in Barcelona.

Continued participation in EU projects

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe also continued its involvement in the following EU projects.

AETIONOMY

AETIONOMY is a five-year project that began in February 2014. It aims to identify subgroups of dementia and Parkinson’s disease - based on the underlying genetic or molecular causes of the variants - in order to allow tailored therapies. Alzheimer Europe is a partner in work package 4: Ethical and Legal Governance.

The organisation was represented by Ana Diaz during a Steering Committee meeting in March and by Dianne Gove and Jean Georges at a project meeting in October. Dianne and Jean also attended the General Assembly in December. Dianne and Ana have contributed towards the ethics guidance documents developed in work package 4.

EPAD

EPAD, the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia initiative is a collaborative research project funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative to improve the chance of successfully preventing Alzheimer’s dementia and to better understand early aspects of Alzheimer’s disease before dementia develops. EPAD will establish a European-wide register of 24,000 participants, of which 1,500 will be invited to participate in a trial to test new treatments for prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Alzheimer Europe is co-leading Work Package 6: Dissemination, with the participation of Kate Boor-Ellis, Jean Georges, Dianne Gove and Alex Teligadas in meetings in March and the General Assembly in May. In addition, Dianne Gove and Ana Diaz are active in Work Package 8: Ethics and have been involved in research looking at the ”Approaches to the Communication of Alzheimer’s disease Risk” (ACAR). This work involved carrying out four focus groups in Spain and one focus group in Brussels with the EWGPWD. The EPAD project also organised a special symposium at the 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference in October.

EMIF

The five year European Medical Information Framework project began in 2013 with the aim of developing a framework for evaluating, enhancing and providing access to human health data across Europe. Alzheimer Europe is a full partner, representing the interests of people with dementia and their carers.  image page 16 ( 3747)

The organisation was represented by Alex Teligadas at the 4th General Assembly in March.

NILVAD

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe continued its collaboration with the NILVAD project, a phase III clinical trial of the drug nilvadipine. Alzheimer Europe is a partner in work package 7 (Dissemination and Communication) and is also involved in a substudy on the experiences of trial participants and their caregivers. This was developed by AE and the University of Lille. The protocol and relevant documentation for this study was jointly developed in 2015 by the University of Lille, the Centre Mémoire de Ressources et de Recherche in Lille and AE.

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe was represented by Alex Teligadas, who attended the General Assembly in May and Ana Diaz, who continued to work on the substudy.

PACE

The aim of PACE is to compare the effectiveness of palliative care at the end of life for elderly people with and without dementia in long-term care facilities in Europe. This project is coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.

In 2016, Kate Boor-Ellis and Dianne Gove attended project meetings on behalf of AE in May. Dianne and Ana regularly contribute to the discussions of the Impact/Dissemination work package and the user-led forums, which are organised in collaboration with AGE Platform.

PredictND

The PredictND project is coordinated by VTT Technical Research (Finland) and aims to provide an objective and systematic ICT-based approach for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases.

Jean Georges and Dianne Gove represented Alzheimer Europe at several project meetings throughout the year, including the Management Board and consortium meetings in February and October.

SMART4MD

The four year SMART4MD project is developing an app called Support, Monitoring and Reminder Technology for Mild Dementia (SMART4MD). The app will be designed to help people with mild dementia adhere to treatment regimens as well as allowing them to share health-related data with their carers and doctors. As well as giving people more control over their care, the aim is to slow cognitive and functional decline and to reduce pressure on carers as well as costs for healthcare providers, through use of the app. It will be piloted with 1,100 volunteers from several EU countries.The project is coordinated by Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

Alzheimer Europe was represented by Ana Diaz, Kate Boor-Ellis and Dianne Gove, who attended meetings in January, April, July and October.

Support of European research activities

In addition to the projects described above, Alzheimer Europe plays a minor role and supports a number of other research projects at European level.

INDUCT

INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology) is a four year project under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme. The main aim of INDUCT is to develop a premier quality multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and intersectorial education and training research framework for Europe aimed at improving technology and care for people with dementia, and to use the coherent themes and interrelated Early Stage Researchers ESRs within INDUCT to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia.

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe was represented by Dianne Gove, who attended the project kick-off meeting in April.

MinD

MinD (Designing for People with Dementia) is a four-year project under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme. It aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. The project partners will use the concept of mindful design to investigate innovative design solutions, in order to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. There are two focus areas: a) personal difficulties with social interaction and b) environmental influences on social engagement. In these two contexts, the researchers will study how personal, wearable designs can help mediate perceptions of identity and emotion management; and how environmental aspects can reduce feelings of information overload and instil feelings of self-empowerment and control.

Alzheimer Europe, which is represented by Ana Diaz and Dianne Gove in this project, co-hosted together with the University of Luxembourg a two-week visit of the project partners in Luxembourg in June. In addition, numerous members of the project attended AE’s lunch debate and Public Affairs meeting in June.

SyDAD

SyDAD (Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease) is a European Training Network sponsored by Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. The research programme will support and train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs, PhD students) with an interest in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and synaptic dysfunction. The project is led by the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden).

Ana Diaz attended the first project meeting in April on behalf of Alzheimer Europe.

Corporate affairs

European Parliament lunch debates

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe organised two successful lunch debates in the European Parliament in Brussels:

On 28 June, MEPs Marisa Matias (Portugal) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland) co-hosted a lunch debate entitled “Using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to support the rights of people living with dementia”. The event featured three speakers: Helen Rochford-Brennan, Vice-Chair of the European Working Group of People with Dementia; Jill Stavert, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law at Edinburgh Napier University and Jonathan Stabenow from the Cabinet of Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility at the European Commission.

On 6 December, Alzheimer Europe’s lunch debate was hosted by Nessa Childers, MEP (Ireland) and a Vice-Chairperson of the European Alzheimer's Alliance (EAA). The first speaker was AE Executive Director Jean Georges, who presented the concept and the results of the European Dementia Monitor, an AE survey of national dementia strategies and policies. He was followed by Tim Muir, Health and Social Policy Analyst at OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He presented “Measuring Dementia - an overview of the facts and figures we have now and those we need to develop in the future”.

Both lunch debates were well-attended, with delegates from the European Parliament and Commission, the pharmaceutical industry and AE member associations.

Dementia in Europe magazine

In 2016, Alzheimer Europe published two issues of the Dementia in Europe magazine. The magazines featured a variety of articles on policy developments, including interviews with the following national policy makers:

  • Sophie Løhde, Danish Minister for Health and the Elderly
  • Sabine Oberhauser, Austrian Minister of Health
  • Martin van Rijn, Dutch Secretary of State for Health, Welfare and Sport

The 2016 issues include articles about the Luxembourg and Dutch EU Presidencies, reports of the WHO’s dementia activities and news on national dementia strategies in Austria, Denmark, Norway and Slovenia.

Issue 23 (November) also featured a special section entitled “Human rights and the UNCRPD”. This section contained an article on the lunch debate that AE dedicated to this topic, information on how the UN convention can help people with dementia and testimonials from nine Members of the European Parliament.

Clinical Trial and Guideline Watch

Alzheimer Europe’s Clinical Trial Watch gathers information about phase III clinical trials being conducted in at least two European countries. In September 2016, AE officially launched the collected information on a new section of its website with details of the nine clinical trials. Information is provided in an easy-to-understand language and trials are presented by country and by condition. A dementia-friendly version of each study is available for download and all information has been checked by a representative of the European Working Group of People with Dementia for understanding and a company representative for accuracy.

The Guideline Watch is a database that contains information about national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia in Europe. By the end of 2016, 71 national guidelines had been identified for inclusion in the database.

European Dementia Monitor

With the European Dementia Monitor, Alzheimer Europe aimed to compare and benchmark national dementia policies with a view of highlighting the relative strengths and weaknesses of national responses to dementia. In 2016, the organisation focused on the following ten priority areas:

  • Availability and reimbursement of AD medicines
  • Availability of care services
  • Affordability of care services
  • Availability of clinical trials
  • Involvement in European dementia research programmes
  • Recognition of dementia as a national priority
  • Recognition of legal rights
  • Ratification of International human rights treaties and conventions
  • Carer and employment support
  • Dementia-friendly Communities and inclusiveness

Information was collected during 2016 from AE’s member associations, as well as publicly available data sources. The preliminary results were presented at a meeting in the European Parliament in December 2016 and will be published as a report in 2017.

Promoting good continence care

In 2016, the paper “Continence care for people with dementia living at home in Europe: a review of literature with a focus on problems and challenges” was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The paper features Dianne Gove as the principal author and describes the results of the 2014 AE project that was supported by SCA.

Carers’ Survey

Thanks to an educational grant from Roche, Alzheimer Europe and its member organisations from the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (Scotland) collaborated with the University of Bangor to develop a questionnaire targeted at carers to better understand the diagnostic process, experiences of carers and existing barriers.


Meetings attended by AE representatives

Meetings organised by Alzheimer Europe in 2016

Date

Meeting

Venue

29 February-2 March

AE Board and Public Affairs meetings

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

21-23 March

EWGPWD meeting

Brussels, Belgium

8 April

European Dementia Ethics Network meeting

Amsterdam, Netherlands

17 June

European Dementia Ethics Network meeting

Amsterdam, Netherlands

27-28 June

AE Board meeting

Brussels, Belgium

29 June

AE Public Affairs meeting

Brussels, Belgium

30-31 October

EWGPWD meeting

Copenhagen, Denmark

31 October – 2 November

AE Board meeting, AE Annual General Meeting and the 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark

3 November

European Dementia Ethics Network meeting

Copenhagen, Denmark

5-6 December

AE Board meeting

Brussels, Belgium

6-7 December

Alzheimer’s Association Academy

Brussels, Belgium

12-14 December

EWGPWD meeting

Brussels, Belgium

Meetings attended by AE representatives in the framework of the 2016 Operating Grant

Date

Meeting

Venue

12 January

EP Interest Groups on Carers and Mental Health

Brussels, Belgium

21 January

Joint Innovation Information and Matchmaking Event on “Living well with dementia

Brussels, Belgium

22 January

Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting of Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study

Manchester, UK

1-2 February

Meeting of government experts on dementia

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

24 February

IMI Lunch Debate in the European Parliament

Brussels, Belgium

24 February

European Parliament Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain

Brussels, Belgium

10 March

Conference of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data

Paris, France

15 April

EFGCP workshop

Brussels, Belgium

16-18 April

ICCA Association Expert seminar

Frankfurt, Germany

20-21 April

ADI Board and Council meeting

Budapest, Hungary

21 April

Conference on better prevention and management of chronic diseases

Brussels, Belgium

21-24 April

ADI Annual Conference

Budapest, Hungary

26 April

Dementia Platform UK conference

London, UK

27-28 April

IMI patient engagement workshop

Brussels, Belgium

2 May

Meeting on Swiss dementia strategy

Bern, Switzerland

9-10 May

EU Presidency Conference

Amsterdam, Netherlands

23-25 May

16th International Conference for Integrated Care

Barcelona, Spain

25 May

European Brain Council meeting

Brussels, Belgium

2 June

Board meeting for the European Covenant on Demographic Change

Groningen, Netherlands

3 June

DAW Conference of Alzheimer Scotland

Edinburgh, UK

10 June

Francophone conference on Alzheimer’s disease

Lyon, France

14 June

Workshop on dementia care organised by the European Centre

Vienna, Austria

15 June

EU Interest Group on Carers

Brussels, Belgium

16 June

European Commission meeting on elder abuse

Brussels, Belgium

17 June

GetReal Stakeholder Conference

London, UK

21-22 June

DISTALZ Advisory Board meeting

Lille, France

4 July

European Patients Foundation, Policy Advisory Group (EPF)

Brussels, Belgium

21 July

Preparation of AE Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark

13 September

Google training with SOCIALware

Brussels, Belgium

14 September

Opening of the BarcelonaBeta Research Centre

Barcelona, Spain

21 September

World Alzheimer’s Day conference

Schengen, Luxembourg

28 September

European Brain Council workshop

Brussels, Belgium

14 October

International Mano Amiga Award ceremony

León, Spain

19 October

3rd meeting of health and social care professionals on dementia

Lisbon, Portugal

24 October

EU Lay Summaries Taskforce meeting

London, UK

27-28 October

Workshop: The Road to 2025: Delivering next generation Alzheimer’s treatment

Lausanne, Switzerland

1 November

Meeting with France Alzheimer

Copenhagen, Denmark

1-2 November

INTERDEM Masterclass and meetings

Copenhagen, Denmark

2 November

Meetings with European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium

Copenhagen, Denmark

8 November

IMI meeting in the European Parliament

Brussels, Belgium

17 November

European Patients Forum meeting

Brussels, Belgium

28 November

European Commission meeting of government experts on dementia

Bratislava, Slovakia

28-29 November

European Disability Forum meeting

Brussels, Belgium

29 November

Public-Private Partnership event at the European Parliament

Brussels, Belgium

29 November

Slovak EU Presidency conference on dementia

Bratislava, Slovakia

6 December

Workshop of Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

Stockholm, Sweden

12-13 December

EU meeting on chronic diseases

Brussels, Belgium

Other meetings organised by AE or attended by AE representatives in 2016

Date

Meeting

Venue

1 February

EMA meeting on clinical data publication website

London, UK

5 February

Roche Dementia Forum

Frankfurt, Germany

15 February

PredictND project meeting

Kuopio, Finland

18-20 February

ICCA suppliers’ workshop

Uppsala, Sweden

1 March

AE Company Round Table

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

3-4 March

2nd Joint Action on Dementia meeting

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

8-9 March

EMA meeting

London, UK

10 March

EPAD project meeting

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

14 March

AETIONOMY project meeting

Bonn, Germany

14-16 March

EMIF project meeting

Budapest, Hungary

16 March

EFPIA Think Tank meeting

Brussels, Belgium

21-23 March

EPF Annual General Meeting

Brussels, Belgium

5 April

AE Carers’ Survey meeting

Amsterdam, Netherlands

7 April

ROADMAP project meeting

Brussels, Belgium

18-19 April

INDUCT project meeting

Nottingham, UK

19 April

IMEX conference

Frankfurt, Germany

17-20 May

EPAD project meeting

Barcelona, Spain

22-24 May

PACE project meeting

Helsinki, Finland

24 May

AETIONOMY project meeting

Paris, France

24-25 May

NILVAD project meeting

Dublin, Ireland

1 June

EFPIA Patient Think Tank meeting

Brussels, Belgium

6-7 June

Roche meeting

Lindau, Germany

14 June

EMA meeting

London, UK

15 June

PACE project meeting

Brussels, Belgium

20 June-1 July

MinD project meetings

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

28 June

European Parliament Lunch Debate and AE Company Round Table

Brussels, Belgium

5-6 July

WHO Global Dementia Observatory

Geneva, Switzerland

7 July

EMA meeting for clinical data website

London, UK

7-8 July

Programme Board of the Joint Action on Dementia

Edinburgh, UK

15 July

GSK Health Advisory Board

London, UK

23-29 July

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

Toronto, Canada

30 August-1 September

MICE suppliers’ conference

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5-6 September

Site inspection for 2018 AE conference

Barcelona, Spain

12-15 September

WHO Regional Committee meeting

Copenhagen, Denmark

14 September

EDF – EESC hearing on the progress on the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU

Brussels, Belgium

19-20 September

EMA workshop and meeting

London, UK

21 September

Janssen symposium on dementia

Beerse, Belgium

22-23 September

Meeting of the 2nd EU Joint Action on dementia

Lyon, France

28-30 September

M&I suppliers’ meeting

Prague, Czech Republic

5-6 October

AMYPAD project meeting

London, UK

10-11 October

AETIONOMY project meeting

Barcelona, Spain

13-14 October

Meeting of the 2nd EU Joint Action on dementia

Athens, Greece

18 October

Lilly Alzheimer’s University

Barcelona, Spain

20-21 October

SMART4MD project meeting

Torremolinos, Spain

25-26 October

PredictND project meeting

Amersham, UK

1 November

Meetings with Lilly and MSD

Copenhagen, Denmark

2 November

Meetings with Roche and AbbVie

Copenhagen, Denmark

3 November

EPAD project meeting

Copenhagen, Denmark

10 November

HRG suppliers’ event

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

14-15 November

EMA workshop

London, UK

16-17 November

ROADMAP project meeting

Barcelona, Spain

24 November

MinD project meeting

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

29-30 November

EMA training session and meeting

London, UK

1-2 December

AETIONOMY General Assembly

Paris, France

6 December

European Parliament Lunch Debate and AE Company Round Table

Brussels, Belgium

8 December

EFPIA Think Tank meeting

Brussels, Belgium

8-11 December

Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s disease conference

San Diego, USA

13 December

AMYPAD project meeting

Munich, Germany

14-15 December

MOPEAD project meeting

Barcelona, Spain

 

 

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