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Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 18, 2015
9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Room: Liberty I-L
Washington, D.C., United States


Technology and Dementia, a preconference on Saturday, July 18, will convene researchers using technological based research, including mobile technology, home-based technology and social networking, to apply innovative study design and potential solutions to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research.

The preconference is organized by the Technology Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment ISTAART)



9-9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Frank M. Webbe, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., United States

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Keynote 1: Custom Smartphone Application Motivates Lifestyle Behavioral Change to Enhance Brain Health in Middle-Aged Persons: The Gray Matters Study
Maria Norton, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Keynote 2: Functional Monitoring & Rural Dementia Care in Clinical Trials
Stephen Bonasera, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., United States

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Q&A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Frank M. Webbe, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., United States

Session 1: Advancing Technology—Collaborative Funding Program

11:15-11:30 a.m.

U.S. Federal Efforts Related to Technology and Aging
Nina Silverberg, National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIA/NIH), Bethesda, Md., United States

11:30-11:45 a.m.

AGE-WELL, Canadian Network Centre of Excellence
Alex Mihailidis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Q&A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jesus Favela, CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Viewing

Session 2: Technology Implications for Big Data & Dementia Science

1:30-1:50 p.m.

Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN)
Scott Neu, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., United States

1:50-2:10 p.m.

European Medicines Informatics Framework (EMIF)
Johannes Streffer, Johnson & Johnson, Beerse, Mass., United States

2:10-2:30 p.m.

Guiding Principles on Big Data Use in Dementia Research
Martin Rossor, University College London, National Institute for Health Research, London, United Kingdom

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Big Data Utilization in Dementia
Jeffrey Kaye, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore., United States

2:50-3:10 p.m.

Q&A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Arlene Astell, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada & University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

3:10-3:30 p.m.

Break and Poster Viewing

Session 3: Emerging Role of Technology in Dementia Research

3:30-3:50 p.m.

Embedding Behavior Change into Technology and Healthcare Jane Walsh, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

3:50-4:10 p.m.

Role of Wearables Technologies in Dementia Research: Opportunities and Challenges
Ian Cleland, University of Ulster, Londonderry, United Kingdom

4:10 – 4:30 p.m.

The Internet of Things: What the Future Holds?
Susan Spinsante, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy

4:30 – 4:50 p.m.

Q&A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Christopher Nugent, University of Ulster, Londonderry, United Kingdom

4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Frank M. Webbe, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., United States

The inaugural ISTAART Technology PIA Business Meeting will occur immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference, at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Target audience

Researchers invested in the development and validation of technological resources for individuals affected by dementia.


Technology and Dementia is a preconference to AAIC 2015. Preconferences require a separate registration fee in addition to AAIC conference registration or it may be purchased as a stand-alone event. View registration information.


ISTAART logoThe Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science—including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

ISTAART membership makes AAIC even better: receive discounted registration, participate in professional interest areas (PIA), attend PIA Day scientific sessions (Saturday, July 18) and attend exclusive member-only scientific and networking events. Members also receive ongoing benefits throughout the year, including a monthly subscription to Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, free online access to Neurobiology of Aging, access to the online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Non-members are encouraged to learn more and join ISTAART. Non-members may select "Member +PLUS" or "Student Member +PLUS " as their AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate. Available to new members only.

Abstract submissions are now open

Submit an abstract today to share your research on a global stage during AAIC 2016. The Scientific Program Committee is now accepting submissions for poster presentations, oral sessions and featured research sessions.

A global forum to advance dementia science • Toronto, Canada • Conference: July 22–28, 2016