Preconference: Technology and Dementia

Saturday, July 13, 2019
9 a.m. – 4:55 p.m.
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, Wilshire Grand 1
Los Angeles, USA


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 other dementia research. The program consists of invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts.

This preconference was organized by the ISTAART Technology and Dementia PIA.

Organizing Committee


9 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Arlene Astell, Ph.D., Chair, ISTAART Technology and Dementia Professional Interest Area (PIA); University Health Network, Toronto, Canada; University of Toronto, Canada; University of Reading, UK

Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association, USA

TD-01 > Clinical Trial Applications of Technology: Implementation and Use
  • Moderator: Christopher Nugent, D.Phil., Ulster University, Ireland
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Technology Utilization in FINGER: Lessons Learned
Alina Solomon, M.D., Ph.D., University of Eastern Finland, Finland; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Technology in Prevention Studies: Examples of A4
Kate Papp, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

9:45 - 10 a.m.
Technology Engagement in DIAN-TU
Jason Hassenstab, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, USA

10 - 10:25 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Participants: Session Speakers

TD-02 > Funding Opportunities in Technology
  • Moderator: Nicole Bouranis, B.S., M.A., Oregon Health and Science University, USA
10:25 - 10:35 a.m.
NIA Funding Opportunities and Resources to Support Tech Development Focused on Dementia
Todd Haim, Ph.D., Office of Small Business Research National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA), USA

10:35 - 11 a.m.
Break and Poster Viewing

TD-03 > Oral Session
  • Moderator: Michael Wong, Ph.D. Candidate, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
11:05 - 11:20 a.m.
Gait Impairments in Dementia Subtypes: Considering the Impact of Environmental Context

Ríona Mc Ardle, Brook Galna, Silvia Del Din, Alan Thomas, Lynn Rochester

11:20 - 11:35 a.m.
Automated Sensor-Based Detection of Challenging Behaviors in Advanced Stages of Dementia in Nursing Homes

Doreen Goerss, Albert Hein, Sebastian Bader, Margareta Halek, Sven Kernebeck, Andreas Kutschke, Thomas Kirste, Stefan Teipel

11:35 - 11:50 a.m.
Developing an Electronic Consent for ADRC

Christine Suver, Woody MacDuffie, Stockard Simon, Allie Seroussi, Erin Chin, Nichelle Cobb, Felicia Goldstein, Cecelia Manzanares, Kenneth Croes, Jennifer Dykema, Hanna Blazel, Carey Gleason, Sanjay Asthana, Lara Mangravite, John Wilbanks, Allan Levey, James Lah, Dorothy Edwards

11:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
High Compliance, Continuous Long-Term Home Monitoring of Sleep Activity in Diverse Populations Differentiates Lower Cognitive Functioning Older Adults

Jeffrey Kaye, Lisa Silbert, Zachary Beattie, Nora Mattek, Rachel Wall, Jennifer Marcoe, Nicole Sharma, Thomas Riley, Judith Kornfeld, Hiroko Dodge

TD-04 > Lightning Round Poster Presentations
  • Three-minute podium presentation of poster abstract; three presentation slides
    Moderator: Alex Mihaildis, Ph.D., P.Eng., University of Toronto and AGEWell, Canada
Mobile Monitoring of Cognition in Middle-Aged and Older Adults With and Without Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials

Laura Campbell, Jeremy Delgadillo, Emily Paolillo, Erin Sundermann, Jason Holden, Pierre Schweitzer, Joel Swendsen, Raeanne Moore



From Design to Evaluation: The Impact of an Internet of Things Smart Home Solution for Post Diagnostic Dementia Care: The Technology Integrated Healthcare Management (TIHM) Programme

Emma Ream, Theopisti Chrysanthaki, Catherine Parsons, Naomi Klepacz, Bridget Jones, Kieren Egan, Mark Joy, Heather Gage, Jake Jordan, Roma Maguire, Ramin Nilforooshan, Mark Kenny, Payam Barnaghi, Helen Rostill

Augmented Reality Technology for People With Dementia

Ann Reilly, Sunil Bhar, Maree McCabe

A Cross-Comparison and Validation of Four Computer-Administered Neuropsychological Assessment Batteries in Community-Living Older Adults, and Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Dementia: Study Protocol of CogSCAN

Nicole Kochan, Karen Croot, Karen Allison, Henry Brodaty, John Crawford, Teresa Lee, Julie Henry, Brian Draper, Jacqueline Close, Min Yee Ong, Matilda Rossie, David Bunce, Perminder Sachdev

Gamechanger: Can Digital Biomarkers Transform the Detection of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease?

Claire Lancaster, Chris Hinds

Identifying Prodromal Features of Dementia in UK Primary Care: A Nested Case-Control Study Using Electronic Health Records From 92,623 Dementia Patients

Maxine Mackintosh

GENFI Ignite: A Novel Cognitive Assessment App for Testing Presymptomatic Frontotemporal Dementia

Katrina Moore, Jennifer Nicholas, Rhian Convery, Caroline Greaves, Martina Bocchetta, Mollie Neason, David Cash, Alexander Gerhard, Christopher Butler, James Rowe, Jonathon Rohrer

AI-Based Digital Phenotyping of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms in Dementia: Clinical Implications

Ipsit Vahia, Rose May, Zach Kabelac, Kreshnik Hoti, Usman Munir, Praise Owoyemi, Patrick Monette, Dina Katabi

Development and Usability of ADappt – an Online Tool to Support Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in the Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

Ingrid Van Maurik, Leonie Visser, Ruth Pel-Littel, Marieke van Buchem, Marissa Zwan, Marleen Kunneman, Wiesje Pelkmans, Femke Bouwman, Mirella Minkman, Niki Schoonenboom, Philip Scheltens, Ellen Smets, Wiesje van der Flier

Delivering Disease Progression Models to Clinical Practice: A User Study on Opportunities and Barriers for Translation and Adoption

Maura Bellio, Dominic Furniss, Nicholas Firth, Sara Garbarino, Neil Oxtoby, Annemie Ribbens, Daniel Alexander, Ann Blandford

Identifying Individuals With Dementia, MCI and Physical Impairment During Group Activities Using Machine Learning on Physical Characteristics Drawn From Skeleton Tracking Data

Zizui Chen, Stephen Czarnuch, Erica Dove, Arlene Astell

Using Participatory Design and Community Engagement to Develop Online Caregiver Support

Rebecca Utz

The Challenges of Monitoring Subject Adherence to Study Protocols in Technology-Based Aging and Dementia Clinical Research Studies

Nicole Bouranis, Rachel Wall, Jennifer Marcoe, Zachary Beattie

Unobtrusive, Sensor-Based Measurement of In-Home Walking Speed and Its Day-to-Day Variability Identifies Future Falls in Older Adults

Antoine Piau, Nora Mattek, Zachary Beattie, Hiroko Dodge, Jeffrey Kaye

12:50 - 2:05 p.m.
Lunch (Included) and Poster Viewing

TD-05 > Emergence of TeleHealth – Engagement for Dementia Care
  • Moderator: Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2:05 – 3:15 p.m.

From Early Strategies to Screen Time Today: Advances in Telehealth

Take two pills and Skype me in the morning: The ethics of telemedicine.

Using Technology to Promote Intervention Opportunities for Individuals with Dementia

Panel Discussion
Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P.

Morgan Daven, M.A., Alzheimer’s Association, USA
Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P.

Julie Robillard, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada

Emily Rogalski, Ph.D., Northwestern University, USA

Participants: Session Speakers

3:15 - 3:35 p.m.
Break and Poster Viewing

TD-06 > Use of Technology to Engage Diverse Communities in Dementia Research
  • Moderator: Yakeel T. Quiroz, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
3:35 - 3:50 p.m.
Tech for Everyone: Engaging Diverse Populations in Innovative Research
Sheria Robinson-Lane, Ph.D., R.N., University of Michigan, USA

3:50 - 4:05 p.m.
Leveraging Electronic Health Record Data to Support Detection and Management of Dementia Across Diverse Populations
Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, USA

4:05 - 4:20 p.m.
SHARP Study Integrative Technology: Where Cognitive Health, Culture, and Social Justice Meet
Raina Croff, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, USA

4:20 - 4:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Participants: Session Speakers

TD-07 > Closing Remarks
4:45 - 4:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Arlene Astell, Ph.D., Chair, ISTAART Technology and Dementia Professional Interest Area (PIA); University Health Network, Toronto, Canada; University of Toronto, Canada; University of Reading, UK

4:55 - 5:55 p.m.
Technology PIA Business Meeting (ISTAART Members Only)

Target Audience

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

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission process has closed.


Technology and Dementia is a preconference to AAIC 2019. Preconferences come with separate registration fees in addition to AAIC full conference registration. Preconferences can also be purchased as stand-alone events. Registration for this preconference opened in February.



The 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 (PIAs), attend PIA Day scientific sessions before AAIC begins and get access to exclusive members-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 an online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Learn more and join ISTAART online. New members can also join ISTAART during AAIC registration: Select “ISTAART Membership + AAIC Registration” as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate.

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