8th Virtual International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in the Middle East (ICAD-ME) is organized by MCI Middle East, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and will be held from Oct 01 - 02, 2020.
The region is maturing and aspiring to understand and address the needs of an aging population and the factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in the Middle East. As health systems develop, there is a rising resolve to address the medical needs of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and to use research to discover new treatments and diagnostics.
This conference will highlight the need for increased dialogue about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in the Middle East. At the conclusion of this meeting, participants will realize the importance of:
• Fostering research in areas of aging and dementia in Middle Eastern countries;
• Providing education to healthcare practitioners;
• Increasing funding for Alzheimer’s disease studies in the Middle East;
• Enhancing interdisciplinary communication among health workers in the Middle East through practical, medical and scientific dialogue and collaboration;
• Improving communication and networking between health workers and investigators in the Middle East, United States, Europe and other parts of the world;
• Educating and encouraging key opinion leaders to influence policy and practice in their countries;
• Improving diagnostic capabilities for ADRD patients in the region, particularly women;
• Enhancing the clinical care needs and capabilities of healthcare for ADRD patients in the region;
• Advancing the needs and capabilities of family caregivers of individuals with dementia in the region.
ICAD-ME has received the endorsement of the Alzheimer’s Disease International, a worldwide federation of Alzheimer associations.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, and may affect as many as 5-10 percent of people over the age of 65. As the world’s population ages, AD has been referred to as “the approaching epidemic.” Investigation of brain diseases in populations throughout the world, including the ME, is a valuable way to learn about causes and treatments. Evidence indicates that AD has extraordinarily high prevalence in Arabs in Israel (Afgin AE, 2012). This is an important issue because of the progressive aging of populations in the ME as we enter the 21st century. The population of Jordan over 60 is estimated to increase by 28% from 2000 to 2025. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 14 million elders in Egypt. Furthermore, the size of the population of Egyptians 60 years and older is expected to increase by 316% from 2000 to 2030.
There is limited awareness concerning geriatric neurological disorders such as AD in the ME. A literature search conducted April 1, 2016 using the PubMed database found 602 citations for the keywords “Alzheimer and Caucasian” in texts of published reports, 2,311 citations for “Alzheimer and Japanese”, and only 38 for “Alzheimer and Arab” (and 12 of these were from collaborative efforts of the original conference organizer, Dr. Friedland and researchers in the Middle East [below]).
Thus, there is a great need for increasing awareness concerning AD and related disorders in the ME, for establishing networks for collaboration and information flow on this topic in the region and for promoting and strengthening cross-cultural and cross-national collaborative efforts and investigations, involving links between health workers and researchers in ME countries, and their counterparts in the US, Canada and Europe. As described under “Past Conferences”, previous meetings made major strides in addressing these needs. Except for our past six conferences, there has been very few other meetings on this topic in the ME.
The target audience includes clinicians, scientists, nurses, social workers, students, representatives of government and social agencies, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Special attention will be given to enabling participation of attendees from the Palestinian territories.
SpecialtiesNeurology, Internal Medicine
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