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Alzheimer`s & Dementia

Year: 2009  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 361 - 366

Creating a transatlantic research enterprise for preventing Alzheimer's disease

Zaven S. Khachaturian, Jordi Cami, Sandrine Andrieu, Jesus Avila, Merce Boada Rovira, Monique Breteler, Lutz Froelich, Serge Gauthier, Teresa Gomez- Isla, Ara S. Khachaturian, Lewis H. Kuller, Eric B. Larson, Oscar L. Lopez, Jose Manuel Martinez- Lage, Ronald C. Petersen, Gerard D. Schellenberg, Jordi Sunyer, Bruno Vellas and Lisa J. Bain


In recognition of the global problem posed by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, an international think-tank meeting was convened by Biocat, the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, and the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in February 2009. The meeting initiated the planning of a European Union-North American collaborative research enterprise to expedite the delay and ultimate prevention of dementing disorders. The key aim is to build parallel and complementary research infrastructure that will support international standardization and inter-operability among researchers in both continents. The meeting identified major challenges, opportunities for research resources and support, integration with ongoing efforts, and identification of key domains to influence the design and administration of the enterprise.

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