Professor Craig Ritchie, EPAD coordinator and Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Dementia Prevention, gave his Inaugural Lecture on 20th February 2017, entitled “Could a dementia-free world become a reality?”
The sold-out event was attended by academics, policy makers, research participants and school students, and provided a fascinating insight into the global landscape of dementia research and prevention.
There has been virtually no progress in developing new interventions to manage the symptoms of dementia over the last 20 years. This has forced a fundamental re-think of our scientific, clinical and epidemiological approach to the condition, culminating in massive, coordinated global initiatives targeting the prevention of dementia and maintenance of brain health.
During his Inaugural Lecture, Professor Ritchie provided a brief historical perspective of dementia that formed the foundation for a very optimistic vision of the near future (relatively speaking) of how we can rid the world of dementia.
A recording of Professor Craig Ritchie’s Inaugural Lecture is now online: