Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases are critical health and financial burdens on patients, families, and societies in this country and around the world. Through Medicare and Medicaid, the US government is spending $200B this year on care and support, and that is projected to reach $1Trillion by 2050. 5.8M people are directly affected in this country, among 44M worldwide, largely cared for by untrained family members – many of whom are forced to leave the paid workforce in order to provide such care. These numbers are expected to at least double by 2040.
The Summit will present innovative research, interventions and technology solutions that are emerging to address the challenges of a wide array of neurodegenerative diseases. The goal of the Summit is to promote and present cutting edge research and technology innovation from across UC Berkeley and our sister UC campuses, showcasing advances that will disrupt the way individuals, clinicians, providers, and society addresses the impact of diverse neurodegenerative diseases. At the same time, the Summit will expose students and key stakeholders alike to innovative, scientific, evidence-based research into lifestyle factors that have been shown to be effective in postponing the onset of dementia.
Please join global leaders in neurodegenerative disease research and technology innovation for a day of presentations, poster sessions, and valuable networking focused on cutting-edge solutions, targeting issues related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. A percentage of the proceeds from this event will support scholarships for students interested in research on aging & elder care. The Summit is hosted by UC Berkeley aging research and education programs: Center for Research and Education in Aging (CREA), Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS), Center for Technology and Aging (CTA), OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations, the Berkeley Brain Initiative, and the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA).