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We are delighted to announce the speakers at our annual conference 2018: Professor Hugh Perry and Professor Miia Kivipelto.

Opening address – Hugh Perry

Hugh Perry.jpgHugh Perry is Professor of Experimental Neuropathology at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on the interactions between the immune system and nervous system, and in particular how systemic infection and inflammation play a role in driving the progression of neurodegenerative disease.

Hugh has sat on a number of research advisory boards and funding panels for government and charitable agencies, in addition to consulting for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the area of neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease.

He was Chair of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Neurosciences and Mental Health Board and a member of the MRC Strategy Board from 2012-2017. Hugh currently chairs the Oversight Board of Dementias Platform UK and is an advisor to the UK Dementia Research Institute.


Plenary address – Miia Kivipelto

Professor Miia Kivipelto

Miia Kivipelto is Professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Population studies with around 30 years follow-up show that it might be possible to reduce the risk for dementia in later life through a number of preventative measures. Early diagnoses and prevention form an important part of Miia Kivipelto's research into Alzheimer’s disease.

Miia has previously worked on assignments for the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU) and the National Board of Health and Welfare. In addition to her post at KI, Miia is Deputy Section Director at the Ageing Research Center, and Deputy Director of the clinical trial unit at the memory clinic at Karolinska University Hospital.