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2021 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit: Path to Precision Medicine for Treatment and Prevention

2021 Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit: Path to Treatment and Prevention, April 19-22, 2021, Virtual Event, 10:30-3:00 ET. NIA logo #ADSummit2021

Join leading scientists and other innovators, public health advocates, and other stakeholders April 19-22, 2021, for a virtual summit showcasing progress in Alzheimer’s disease research. Participants also will identify gaps and opportunities toward the goal of precision medicine for Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention.

About the 2021 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit

NIH Alzheimer's Research Summits are key strategic planning meetings tied to the implementation of the first goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025. They bring together a multi-stakeholder community including government, industry, academia, private foundation, and patient advocacy groups, to further integrated, translational Alzheimer’s research. The goal is to accelerate the development of effective, disease-modifying and palliative therapies for the cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

The 2012, 2015 and 2018 Alzheimer’s Research Summits identified gaps and opportunities that served, following review by relevant Institute and Departmental advisory councils, as the basis for developing research milestones. These milestones detail specific steps and success criteria for the NIH and other stakeholders toward the development of effective treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s. The milestones span the entire Alzheimer’s research landscape including basic, translational, clinical, and health services research and serve as the basis for the development of the NIH Alzheimer's Disease Bypass Budget.

The 2021 Summit will build on the foundation laid through the work of the previous summit participants. Over the course of the Summit, a global audience of researchers and the public will have an opportunity to contribute individually to the discussions through multiple open forum sessions.

Summit Format and Schedule

The 2021 Summit will be held virtually April 19 – April 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET.

The program is organized around seven major themes/sessions:

  • Deconstructing Disease Complexity: from Populations to Single Cells, from Genes to Multiscale Models
  • Enabling Infrastructure and Incentives to Improve Research Rigor, Reproducibility and Translatability
  • Accelerating Therapy Development: Open Science from Targets to Trials
  • Diversifying the Therapeutic Pipeline to Develop Precision Medicines
  • Emerging Biomarkers Landscape
  • Advancing Drug Repurposing and Combination Therapy Development
  • Understanding the Impact of the Exposome on Brain Health to Advance Disease Prevention

Summit Program & Agenda

The program outline for the summit is below. The detailed agenda is available here.

Monday, April 19, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Introductory Remarks
Plenary Talks
Session One: Deconstructing Disease Complexity: From Populations to Single Cells, From Genes to Multiscale Models

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Session Two: Enabling Infrastructure and Incentives to Improve Research Rigor, Reproducibility and Translatability
Session Three: Accelerating Therapy Development – Open Science from Targets to Trials

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Session Four: Diversifying the Therapeutic Pipeline to Develop Precision Medicines
Session Five: Emerging Biomarkers Landscape

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Session Six: Advancing Drug Repurposing and Combination Therapy Development
Session Seven: Understanding the Impact of the Exposome on Brain Health to Advance Disease Prevention

Registration

Registration information will be available later in February. Please check this page for more information.

Speaker Biographies

The 2021 NIH Alzheimer’s Summit will feature a diverse and cross-disciplinary group of speakers and panelists working on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, and other complex diseases. The speakers’ biographies will be posted soon.

Summit Media Inquiries

Members of the media: Please contact the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison or call (301) 496-1752 for more information.