Dear Colleagues and Friends,
After the big success of the first two International Conferences on Cognitive Reserve in the Dementias and other Disorders (ResDem) in 2017 and 2019, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the 3rd ResDem in Munich on 18-19 November 2022, which will be held in a hybrid format.
The traditional definition of healthy aging as years lived free from disease is replaced by a concept focussing on a process that allows individuals to preserve their normal function as they age. In contrast, the usual healthcare and public health approaches aim mainly to identify and treat acute illnesses rather than maintain intrinsic capacities throughout life. This paradigm shift in the definition of healthy aging will have to be followed by redesigning our health care approaches with a stronger focus on preserving function.
The concept of reserve was established to account for the observation that a given degree of brain pathology may result in different degrees of symptoms in different individuals. There is a large amount of evidence on epidemiological risk and protective factors for neurodegenerative diseases and dementia, but the biological mechanisms that underpin the protective effects of certain lifestyle and physiological variables are not yet understood, which limits the development of more effective preventive and treatment strategies.
ResDem aims to establish a forum for the global cognitive reserve scientific community, focusing on the interface between basic, clinical and epidemiological research and on factors and mechanisms that may promote individual brain health and prevent or delay the onset of symptoms, e.g. cognitive decline. We want to promote the exchange of innovative ideas between the leading scientists and train a new generation of young researchers. Through the hybrid format, we aim to foster the global participation further.
There will be plenty of opportunities to network.
We cordially invite you to join us in beautiful Munich!
Professor Robert Perneczky