Preparing for the Dementia Tidal Wave

In Canada, nearly 750,000 people are living with some form of dementia. In the next two decades, that number is expected to double, having the potential to become the single greatest burden on our health-care system.

On Thursday, November 20, a panel of renowned neurodegenerative disease researchers and physicians from across North America will join together to discuss how we might better prepare for this “dementia tidal wave.” The Public Forum, hosted by Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, takes place from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Auditorium “A” of University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, as part of Robarts Research Institute’s J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Symposium.

More than 300 members of the public have registered for this free event, and will have an opportunity to ask questions of the researchers.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Peter Lin, Medical Director of LinCorp Medical Inc. and CBC Medical Columnist, and features this year’s J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipients, Drs. Virginia M.-Y. Lee and John Q. Trojanowski.

Other panellists include:

  • Dr. Howard Feldman, Professor of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia,
  • Dr. Edward Fon, Professor, McGill University and Director, McGill Parkinson’s Program,
  • Dr. William Klein, Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University and,
  • Dr. Marco Prado, Scientist, Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573, crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca