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The Future Shift of Dementia Research
February 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST, 12:00 PM CST, 11:00 AM MST, 10:00 AM PST
The future of dementia research is shifting. First, recent genetic studies have found that dementia is a group of diseases rather than a single clinical entity. Second, epidemiological studies have seen a recent decline in the incidence of dementia which demonstrates that it may be amenable to intervention and preventative measures. As a result, the focus of research is moving from strictly biochemical research to genetic, lifestyle, environmental issues and from reactive to proactive health. This research may enable us to identify people at risk and providing safe, affordable interventions to prevent the disease rather than treat it in later life.