The 6th Annual Memory Clinic Conference took place on Friday 17th June 2016 in the Trinity Sciences Centre, St James's Hospital. The conference was jointly hosted by the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), the conference entitled “Dementia: Addressing the Risk Factors,” focused on the potential to address the modifiable risk factors with a view to prevention of dementia. Professor Nick Fox (pictured right) gave the keynote address for the day with a thought provoking account on the prospects for presymptomatic treatment trials. Professor Richard Cheston explored the importance of recognising existential concerns and how this knowledge helped inform post-diagnostic support. The morning was rounded off with a "mini-symposium" based around the three Genio-funded hospital dementia projects. Dr Siobhan Kennelly (Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown) discussed the Memory Assessment Support Clinic and Telementoring service; Dr Suzanne Timmons presented on environmental changes that have been made in Mercy Hospital, Cork; and Dr Geraldine McMahon talked about the development of a dementia care pathway for patients accessing the Emergency Department in St James's Hospital, Dublin. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome Professor Sarah Lamb who discussed designing and evaluating exercise interventions for people with dementia; John Costello, solicitor, who informed the audience of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Dr Anne Marie Miller presented on the clinical use of spinal fluid biomarkers in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
The conference was attended by over 120 healthcare professionals and feedback from the audience was extremely positive.
(L-R) Professor Sarah Lamb, Dr Anne-Marie Miller, Mr John Costello, Dr Geraldine McMahon, Professor Brian Lawlor, Dr Suzanne Timmons, Dr Aisling Denihan and Dr Siobhan Kenelly