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First Alzheimer’s Association Academy of 2024 Explores AI and Dementia

On the 23rd of January, Alzheimer’s Europe, a partner in the AI-Mind project, hosted the first Alzheimer’s Association Academy event of 2024 shedding light on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and dementia. The gathering delved into the potential of AI to revolutionise research and care for individuals affected by dementia.

One of the insightful presentations delivered on the day was given by the AI-Mind coordinator, Dr Ira Haraldsen. Ira elucidated how AI could drive innovations in dementia detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Central to this discussion was the AI-Mind Connector, an intelligent tool adept at analysing data derived from functional brain networks measured through Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG). Notably, Ira underscored how such tools could pave the way for personalised, swift diagnoses administered within the General Practitioner’s office.

The Alzheimer’s Association Academy are capacity-building workshops that bring together representatives of national Alzheimer’s associations with members of the European Working Group of People with Dementia and European Dementia Carers Working Group, to learn about the latest advances in dementia research, policy, care and treatment from experts in those fields. Moderated by Angela Bradshaw, the event on 23 January attracted over 70 attendees from 18 countries. It provided a forum for robust discussions and knowledge exchange on the burgeoning role of AI in addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by dementia. 

The event’s focus on AI and dementia underscores the growing recognition of technology’s potential to catalyse transformative changes in healthcare. With continued collaboration and innovation, initiatives like the AI-Mind project are poised to usher in a new era of personalised, effective dementia care and support.

You can read more about the meeting and the programme on Alzheimer Europe’s website under this link: