Omaha, NE, July 27, 2018- The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference is the world’s largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. The 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference took place July 22-26 in Chicago, IL. More than 5,200 scientists from over 60 countries attended AAIC this year – the Alzheimer’s Association largest event ever in North America. From Nebraska, twelve health professionals attended the conference to learn about cutting-edge developments happening in the dementia field. This year, prominent themes reported at the conference included the impact of women’s reproductive history and dementia risks, dementia data in LGBT seniors, and clinical trial data showing positive results in delaying dementia and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.
Dr. Janelle Beadle, an assistant professor and researcher from the University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Gerontology presented her research at the conference on caregiver empathy. Janelle is the director of the Aging Brain and Emotion Lab at UNO, investigating the brain basis of social cognition in healthy aging, Alzheimer's disease, and patients with brain injury. Graduate students from the department also presented their research at the conference, including studies done on the effects of gender on cognitive and emotional empathy in aging and age-related difference in emotional awareness and empathy.
Dr. Beadle states, “Attending the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference was a fantastic experience! I shared my newest research on empathy in caregivers to patients with dementia with other scientists focused on caregiver health and well-being. I was impressed by the breadth of new, cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s disease presented at the conference which ranged from the latest results of drug trials targeting Alzheimer’s disease to brain imaging biomarkers and psychosocial interventions”.
Research presented at the conference is utilized to advance methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research globally, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating the progress toward methods of treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. These funds are raised through Alzheimer’s Association signature events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Growing Hope Gala, and The Longest Day.
“Witnessing the tremendous impact researcher’s from across the country and around the world are making on Alzheimer’s science was exhilarating,” said Sharon Stephens, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter and conference participant. “The representation from Nebraska-based scientists and health professionals further validated that Nebraskans have a stake and an interest in the end of Alzheimer’s disease. Collectively, when we stand up for Alzheimer’s disease and raise critical funds, we can witness break throughs that change the very course of this disease and its effects on our families.”
In Nebraska, there are nine Walk to End Alzheimer’s events taking place across the state in the next two months. These signature events generate the most research dollars annually at the local level for research funding. Nebraskan’s can contribute to the end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's®. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter serves all 93 counties in Nebraska. In addition to offering free education and support services, the Chapter also raises money for local and national research efforts through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day events. Staff and volunteers also work together to encourage state legislators to make Alzheimer’s disease a priority in the state by increasing funding for the disease.