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Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 18, 2015
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C., United States

(Location to be announced)


Technology and Dementia, a preconference to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), convenes researchers in the technological field working to improve the standard of living for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Research projects that utilize mobile technology, home-based technology and social networking to positively impact care and support for individuals with dementia, as well as the care partner will be featured.

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



9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Frank 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—Government Funding & Programs

11:15-11:30 a.m.

Collaborative Aging Research Using Technology in the Home (CART) Initiative Nina Silverberg, National Institute on Aging, 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: Arlene Astell, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada & University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

12:15-1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Viewing

Session 2: Technology Implications for Big Data & Dementia Science

1:45-2:00 p.m.

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

2:00-2:15 p.m.

European Medicines Informatics Framework (EMIF) (speaker to be announced)

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Big Data Utilization in Dementia (speaker to be announced)

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Q&A Panel Discussion (moderator to be announced)

2:50-3:20 p.m.

Break and Poster Viewing

Session 3: Emerging Role of Technology in Dementia Research

3:20-3:50 p.m.

The Role of Wearables in Facilitating Behavior Change: Opportunities and Challenges Ian Cleland, University of Ulster, Londonderry, United Kingdom

3:50-4:10 p.m.

Wearable Technologies, Activity Recognition & Alzheimer’s (speaker to be announced)

4:10-4:30 pm.

Internet of Everything Sajal Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo., United States

4:30-4:45 p.m.

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

4:45-5 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. New members only.

Ground-breaking presentations at AAIC

Join us at the world’s largest Alzheimer’s and dementia conference to hear about the newest and most innovative research in the field. Featured speakers include Eric Reiman of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and John Morris of Washington University in St. Louis. Registration is now open! Reserve your spot prior to May 15 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.


Where the world reveals the latest dementia research • Washington, D.C., United States • July 18-23, 2015