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The World-Wide FINGERS Network organises an online meeting

Friday 12 March 2021

The World-Wide FINGERS (WW-FINGERS) is an interdisciplinary network to share experiences, harmonise data and plan joint international initiatives to reduce risk of cognitive impairment or dementia.

On 12 March, Miia Kivipelto and Maria Carrillo welcomed almost 100 WW-FINGERS Network members to an online meeting. They both provided insight into the network both internally as well as in the context of the global pandemic. They also highlighted that it is great to see how the WW-FINGERS Network has been growing reaching more than 30 countries, with the recent inclusion of two countries Luxembourg and Turkey.

The goal of the meeting was to continue the conversation on the SARS-CoV-2 survey within the WW-FINGERS network. Six members shared the progress surveying study participants in South-Korea, Singapore, Japan, Netherlands, Argentina and Cuba. They also shared their experiences on the survey including challenges, lessons learned, barriers and facilitators. These updates could be useful for countries, which are not yet launched the survey to address potential challenges and determine strategies.

Next, opportunities for dissemination such as presentations or special sessions at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) and the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) conference were mentioned. Miia Kivipelto and Maria Carrillo then thanked all members for their wonderful work and closed the meeting.

Jean Georges, Executive Director, and Cindy Birck, Project Officer, of Alzheimer Europe attended the meeting.