Market Analysis - Vascular Dementia 2019
Neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD), other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease (PD), are among the biggest health care challenges of the 21st century. There are now over 250,000 dementiapatients and 40,000 patients of Parkinson’s disease in the Netherlands. Because no treatments can stop these neurodegenerative disorders amid the backdrop of an aging population, numbers are expected to rise further quickly. This poses a direct threat to the sustainability of our entire health care system. The development of treatments that stop, prevent or at least slow down the degenerative processes is crucial to reduce future costs associated with neurodegenerative disorders and hence keep our health care system viable.
Neurodegenerative disorders share a profound pathophysiological and clinical complexity. For the majority of patients, multiple causes in concert lead to the development of disease, which unfolds over the course of years, probably decades. A careful clinical evaluation is the corner stone for a valid diagnosis of any neurodegenerative disorder. Moreover, it provides fundamental insight into the basic mechanisms that are critical for the development and validation of animal models and biomarkers. To date, treatment is limited to alleviation of symptoms, but our ultimate goal is to recognize disease before it manifests clinically, understand disease mechanisms and subsequently modify the disease process to prevent progression to a full blown disease state. This goal can only be achieved by improving early diagnostics, understanding clinical heterogeneity and mixed pathologies, and unraveling underlying mechanisms in patients and relevant model systems. We are in an excellent position to execute an integrative research program tailored to these aims. New technologies and in-house assets are the necessary prerequisites for success.
Our major assets are large and unique patient cohorts (Amsterdam Dementia Cohort: ~n=5000; Parkinson cohort: ~n=1000), large biobanks, extensive (multi-modal) brain imaging facilities and clinical trials. We have a strong tradition in translational research with excellent facilities. There is a longstanding and close collaboration with the Dutch brain bank and a history of research on post mortem tissue. Furthermore, we have ample experience in executing both complex, high-end clinical trials and large nationwide clinical trials. There is extensive expertise in clinical research, generation of well-characterized patient cohorts, clinical (endo)phenotyping (including advanced imaging using MRI, PET, EEG/MEG), as well as studies of (novel) biomarkers, neuroanatomy, neuropathology, transcriptomics, proteomics, gene finding, functional characterization, cellular and animal models. A major challenge of the program is to further emphasize synergistic approaches that can lead to breakthrough findings.
We invites all the participants from all over the world to attend 11th International Conference on Vascular dementiaduring Feb 15-16, 2019 at Amsterdam, Netherlands with the Theme: Decoding Dementia & Alzheimer's disease,which includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and Exhibitions.
Our conference raises the following questions in Amsterdam, Netherlands: