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Frédérique Ries (Belgium)

MEPs speak out on dementia

On 21 September 2011, Frédérique Ries marked World Alzheimer’s Day by hosting an event organised in Brussels by the Parliament Magazine and Sanofi: "Facing the future – Developing an EU strategy on Alzheimer’s".

The speakers at this event gave an overview of the current research priorities (JPND, Sanofi), the on-going European Joint Action (ALCOVE), the European political priorities (European Commission and Polish EU Presidency) and the engagement of the patient organisations (including Alzheimer Europe).

For Ms Ries, the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is more than a medical issue: it is about improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. It is essential to have coordinated action at EU level. This will help Member States to enact plans that support early diagnosis and bridge the gaps between Member States. She added that it was important to focus on a multidisciplinary approach, with better public/private partnerships.

Ms Ries also said that she found the lack of volunteers regrettable during the clinical trials phase and hoped the revision of the clinical trials Directive will address this issue.



Last Updated: Thursday 29 March 2012