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P21: Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance: research opportunities in the Mediterranean region

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P21: Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance: research opportunities in the Mediterranean region

TOUCHON Jacques, GOUIDER Riad, NAJA Nabil

The significant increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders worldwide is alarming. Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that this increase will be much steeper in low and middle income countries compared with high income countries.

The countries outlining the Mediterranean are united by historical, geographical and cultural links, but more importantly by common values of solidarity. There is still little knowledge about the problems surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, which remains under-estimated and insufficiently documented in many Mediterranean countries, especially in North Africa. This situation is set to have a dramatic impact on human, sanitary and social society across the Mediterranean.

Upon the initiative of the Monegasque Association for research on Alzheimer’s disease (AMPA), a Mediterranean Alzheimer Alliance (MAA) was launched in April 2013 in Marrakech. This network currently regroups 17 countries (Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Libya Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey).

The MAA is composed of Alzheimer associations, scientific experts and health care professionals from the Mediterranean region. This network aims 1. To help Alzheimer actors in the Mediterranean area develop their initiatives, 2. To identify the needs and specificities of this region, 3. To encourage future partnerships between associations, scientists and academics, 4. To share and exchange knowledge and practices, 5. To put forward recommendations in order to make sure that Alzheimer’s disease becomes a priority in the Mediterranean.

Upon the creation of the MAA’s scientific committee, this session will be devoted to research on Alzheimer’s disease in the countries outlining the Mediterranean. It will present the strengths and resources for research in this region with particular emphasis on the possibility of focused research on prevention, nutrition and psychosocial interventions.

 

 

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Last Updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

 

 
 

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