Over the past five years, three leading organizations – the Alzheimer’s Association, the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) and the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK – have teamed up to meet the global challenges of dementia for emerging brain leaders through a competitive funding program. health and dementia.
Organizations today unveiled the latest recipients with the Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders, which supports and develops small-scale pilot projects aimed at reducing the extent and impact of dementia worldwide.
Dementia is a global health crisis. But at any time around the world, there is a clear mind working to fix it. The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to advancing the careers of global leaders in dementia research, treatment, policy and more so that we can move closer to finding ways to treat, diagnose, treat and prevent this devastating disease. “
Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., a leading scientist at the Alzheimer’s Association
The 2021 awards guide projects that address differences in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of vulnerable populations and their families. The recipients cover 18 countries on five continents, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, USA and Zimbabwe.
“The diversity of discipline, profession and region is the key to success,” said Victor Valcour, GBHI’s director.
The incidence of dementia worldwide is expected to triple to 152 million by 2050. There is currently no known cure for dementia-causing diseases. According to the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Treatment by 2020, up to 40% of cases could be prevented by public health and lifestyle measures.
“Someone around the world develops dementia every three seconds,” said Richard Oakley, PhD, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society. “It is vital that we now invest in innovative research to meet the most critical challenges of the future. Supporting such initiatives will help ensure that everyone has access to dementia diagnosis and treatment and support around the world.”
Several Pilot Award projects focus on social determinants of health – or social determinants of an individual’s health – such as physical activity, social support, and communication. These include a study on the role of social interaction and physical activity in brain health in people with frontotemporal dementia in India, a social support initiative for brain health navigation in England, and an international network to assess the language of nerve disorders in Latin America.
Lack of resources and education can be significant barriers to the treatment of dementia. Two projects in Ecuador, one dealing with the neurocognitive and social health of older people in the Andes and the other developing a curriculum for dementia education for health professionals through the Ministry of Public Health -; the aim is to bring resources to remote areas, a key need of the population that has historically been overlooked.
Several of this year’s projects focus on education as a treatment for dementia. These include a trauma-focused physiotherapy intervention for refugees in Jordan, a dance and brain health community in the United States, and a cognitive education program for HIV-infected adults in Zimbabwe.
The total funding of approximately $ 650,000 (£ 471,000, € 559,000) includes approximately $ 25,000 (£ 18,100, € 21,500) for each individual prize so that recipients can test the approach and then, if successful, seek additional resources to expand their work.
The 26 winners will join a total portfolio of 114 pilots in 36 countries, bringing the prize to date to $ 2.85 million. The success of the initial pilot projects has resulted in additional $ 1.8 million in investments directly related to the pilots. The award-winning visionary work has raised a total of $ 32.2 million to promote dementia-related projects.