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Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Westin Harbour Castle, Frontenac Room
Toronto, Canada

Agenda and speakers
Technology PIA Business Meeting
Target audience


Technology and Dementia, a preconference to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), 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 program consists of invited speakers, as well as oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts.

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

View the Technology and Dementia sessions in the Interactive Program Guide* (abstracts excluded). Tip: search by theme (“Technology and Dementia").



Agenda and speakers





9 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jesse Hoey
Chair, ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area; University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Session I: Integration of Technology in Cognitive Assessment: Real World Examples

9:10 – 9:30 a.m.

Framingham Study: Utilization of Technology

Rhoda Au,
Boston University, Boston, Mass., United States

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.

A4 Study: Incorporation of Tablet Based Cognitive Assessments in Clinical Trials

Dorene Rentz,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., United States

9:50 – 10:10 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Rhoda Au and Dorene Rentz Moderator: Suzanne Hendrix, Pentara Corp, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Break & Poster Viewing



Session II: Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Technology

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.

Technology for Dementia: Who Is It For?

Arlene J. Astell, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario, Canada & University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.

Ethical Development of Web- and Mobile- based Applications for Dementia

Julie Robillard, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, National Core for Neuroethics and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, British Columbia, Canada

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.

Dementia Net: Uses of Technology in Care Communities for Dementia

Marjolein van der Marck,
Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: Marjolein van der Marck, Arlene J. Astell and Julie Robillard Moderator: Jeffrey Jutai, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Lunch & Poster Viewing



Session III: Wearables/Mobile/Internet-of-Things

12:40 – 1 p.m.

Wearable and IoT for Cognitive Health Assessment

Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md., United States

1 – 1:20 p.m.

Using Wearable Technology for Data Collection in Parkinson’s Research

Lauren Bataille, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

1:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Panelists: N. Roy and Lauren Bataille
Moderator: Chris Nugent, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

1:40 – 2:10 p.m.

Break & Poster Viewing



Session IV: Developing Topics

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.

The Personal and Societal Impact of the Dementia Ambient Care (Dem@Care) Multi-Sensor Remote-Monitoring Dementia Care System

Louise Hopper, Dublin City University,
Dublin, Ireland

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Care Via Telemedicine for Oregon (ACT-ON), Phase I: Establishing the Feasibility and Reliability of Standard Measures Used with Telemedicine

Allison Lindauer, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.,
United States

2:50 – 3:10 p.m.

A Community-Based, Technology-Supported Evaluation of Acutely-Ill Demented Patients in Nursing Homes

Nadir Abdelrahman, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., United States

3:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Initial Development, Application, and Results from a Clinical Informatics Platform That Enables a Multi-Modal Treatment Protocol for Alzheimer's Disease

John Q. Walker, II, Muses Labs, Inc., Raleigh, N.C., United States

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.



Session V: Panel Discussion

3:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Commercialization of Technology Applications for Alzheimer’s Expert Panel

Francesca Cormack, Director of Research & Innovation, Cambridge Cognition

Adriana Karaboutis, Executive Vice President, Technology, Biogen

Vaibhav A. Narayan Head, Patient Integrated Solutions, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, Janssen

Moderator: Eric Nelson, Neuroscience Biotechnology Business Development, Research Triangle Park, N.C., United States


Closing Remarks and PIA Business Meeting

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jesse Hoey
Chair, ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area; University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The ISTAART Technology PIA Annual Business Meeting (ISTAART members) will take place immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference.


Technology PIA Business Meeting

The ISTAART Technology PIA Business Meeting will take place immediately following the Technology and Dementia Preconference at 4:30 p.m.

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 2016. Preconferences require a separate registration fee in addition to AAIC full 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 23) and attend exclusive member-only scientific and networking events. Members also receive ongoing benefits throughout the year, including an online 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 also join ISTAART during AAIC registration -- select "Member +PLUS" or "Student Member +PLUS " as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate. Available to new members only.

*Note: An online itinerary planner and a companion mobile app will be available to registered attendees approximately one month prior to the conference. Non-embargoed abstracts and scheduling functionality will be included on these versions. Registrants will receive a notification email when the online planner and mobile app are available.

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