Media Advisory

Monday, April 19, 2010

Independent Panel to Present Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline Prevention Findings on Wednesday, April 28; Telebriefing for Media to Follow

What: For many older adults, cognitive health and performance remain stable, with only a gradual and slight decline in short-term memory and reaction times. Others, however, progress into a more serious state of cognitive impairment or into various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

In addition to investigating the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer's and other dementias, researchers have also focused on finding ways to prevent Alzheimer's and cognitive decline. Many preventive measures — mental stimulation, exercise, and a variety of dietary approaches — have been suggested, but their value in delaying the onset and/or reducing the severity of decline or disease is unclear. Questions also remain as to how the presence of certain conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, may influence an individual’s risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.

An impartial, independent, state-of-the-science panel will hold a press telebriefing to discuss its findings and implications for the public following the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, April 26-28, 2010. The panel’s statement will incorporate its assessment of the available evidence from a systematic literature review, expert presentations, and audience input to inform public and provider decisions regarding preventing Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline and future areas for research. Additional information is available at

Who: Members of the state-of-the-science conference panel, to be announced Monday, April 26, 2010.

When & Where: Public presentation and discussion of panel's draft state-of-the-science statement:

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. EST
  • Natcher Conference Center on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Also available via webcast:

Press telebriefing:

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Available via telephone conference call only
  • Pre-registration (optional) and additional resources:
  • Dial in info: 1-888-428-7458 (US) | 201-604-5177 (international)

(Pre-registration is not required, but relevant material will be e-mailed to pre-registered media prior to the telebriefing.)

Please call in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the telebriefing. Media will be asked for name and outlet. Interested parties who are not affiliated with a media outlet may listen in, but will not be permitted to ask questions during the call.

Reporters are welcome to attend the state-of-the-science conference in its entirety, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 26. Information is provided below; conference registration and further details are available at

Conference Information: The NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline is free and open to the public. Additional information is posted at

  • Monday, April 26, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Live and archived webcast:

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On April 20, at the request of the OD, the date in the “Who” field was changed to April 26 from the date originally listed (April 28).