• WHO/IAGG GARN "Knowledge" Network on Frailty n°2 December 1-2, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. A second meeting was organized in collaboration with the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO). Following the previous WHO Bulletin - Perspective paper on frailty, 28 international specialists gathered to draft a new concept paper on frailty and healthy ageing. Discussions included: 1. The WHO Concept of Healthy Ageing and its implications 2. Building and maintaining intrinsic capacity in the second half of life 3. Frailty: experiences, challenges and lessons learned 4. Operationalization of intrinsic capacity in primary health care settings 5. Moving forward with integrated care. A final position paper will be submitted for publication. In the meantime, you can download the Powerpoint presentations of the following speakers: Dr ARAUJO DE CARVALHO session2, DR ARAUJO DE CARVALHO session3, Dr BEARD, Prof IZQUIERDO, Dr JOTHEESWARAN, PROF VELLAS


  • Workshop on “Aeroaging” November 7, 2016, in Toulouse, France The meeting got together 25 international specialists in aging and aeronautics to discuss about aircraft structures and passenger aging. This scientific event was a joint collaboration between IAGG GARN, the Toulouse University Hospital, Airbus, ISAE (French School of Aerospace Engineering). A final position paper will be submitted for publication.


  • Workshop on "Prevention in residential and nursing homes: a new mission for the future" December 2, 2015, in Toulouse, France. The event was organized with the support of the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, the University of St Louis (USA), the Toulouse Gérontopôle (France) and the IAGG GARN Network. The meeting highlighted the need to develop prevention of functional decline with aging using residential and nursing home facilities. Thirty five key opinion leaders from academy, industry, governmental agencies from Europe and USA, debated on the role of residential and nursing homes in the development of preventive geriatrics, in order to maintain function with aging. The ultimate objective is to prevent functional decline with age, and to link older adults with their community. Read the presentation and program of the meeting and visit the website of the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States. A final perspective paper on "Prevention of Functional Decline by Reframing the Role of Nursing Homes?" was published in J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Feb 1;18(2):105-110.


  • Taskforce on “Physical exercise in nursing home settings: looking for recommendations” December 1st, 2015, in Toulouse, France. This event was organized under the auspices of the IAGG GARN Network and IAGG-ER Clinical Section. Several studies have proven the importance of exercise training for the health residents of long term care facilities. However, the best exercise regimen in terms of feasibility, safety, and effectiveness has not yet been established. The main purpose of this Taskforce was to gather the experience and viewpoints of worldwide leaders in the field of exercise for residents living in long-term care facilities in order to define clear exercise guidelines for this often vulnerable population of very old people. The meeting got together 18 participants who worked on the draft of a consensus paper that will be submitted to a journal. Read the presentation and the program of the meeting. A consensus paper on “Recommendations on physical activity and exercise for older adults living in long-term care facilities: A taskforce report” was published in J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 May 1;17(5):381-92. and in the Jour Nursing Home Res 2016;2:7-20.


  • IAGG GARN Consensus Conference on "Screening for cognitive frailty" March 7-8, 2015, in St Louis, USA. The meeting aimed to create a consensus on the importance of screening for and treating these two conditions by general practitioners. It got together 24 participants and 40 observers who worked on the following topics:
    • To determine whether or not cognitive decline should be screened for in the general older population or whether case finding in physicians’ offices is all that is needed.
    • What is the minimum work up/advice that should be given to a person with early cognitive impairment (MCI).
    • Does the management of persons with subjective cognitive impairment differ from persons with objective cognitive


    • Is cognitive frailty a useful term?

The consensus paper on “Brain health: the importance of recognizing cognitive impairment: an IAGG consensus conference” was published in JAMDA. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 1;16(9):731-9.


  • WHO/IAGG GARN "Knowledge Network” on Frailty n°1 October 8-9, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. IAGG GARN was commissioned by WHO’s Department of Aging and Life Course to setup a group of 15 international experts to finalize a background paper on Frailty intended for the 2015 WHO Global Report on Ageing and Health. Held at WHO Headquarters, the meeting’s aim was to raise awareness on the need to identify, assess and implement frailty around the world. In addition, the group worked on the development of a simplified geriatric assessment tool to be used in primary health care by non-specialized health professionals in low & middle income countries. A paper on "Frailty: An emerging public health priority" was published in J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 1;16(9):731-9. You can also download the Powerpoint presentations of the following speakers: Prof GUTIERREZ ROBLEDO, MICHEL, RODRIGUEZ MANAS, SINCLAIR


  • A Survey on “An international definition of "Nursing Home": There is much ambiguity regarding the term "nursing home" in the international literature. The definition of a nursing home and the type of assistance provided in a nursing home is quite varied by country. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and the AMDA foundation developed a survey to assist with an international consensus on the definition of "nursing home." A consensus paper on "An international definition of nursing home" was published J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Mar;16(3):181-4.


  • Taskforce on “Implementing Alzheimer’s Disease prevention into clinical practice” April 22-23, 2013, in New York, USA. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) convened an advisory panel on “Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention: Improving the Translation of Diverse and Incomplete Scientific Evidence into Clinical and Public Health Recommendations.” Panelists included leading experts from epidemiology, clinical trial design, evidence-based medicine, decision-making frameworks, data-sharing, geriatrics, and dementia. The panel’s recommendations fell into three primary categories: enable decision-making based on incomplete scientific evidence, recognize both the value and the limitations of high-quality observational research, and implement feasible steps to improve the validity and reporting of observational studies. A recommendation paper on “Dementia prevention: Optimizing the use of observational data for personal, clinical, and public health decision-making” was published in the J Prev Alz Dis 2014;1(2):117-123.


  • A Consensus Group on "Cognitive Frailty" April 16, 2013, Toulouse, France. The meeting was organized by the International Academy on Nutrition and Aging (IANA) and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). It provided the first definition of a "Cognitive Frailty" condition in older adults. Specific aim of this approach was to facilitate the design of future personalized preventive interventions in older persons. Finally, the Group discussed the use of multi-domain interventions focused on the physical, nutritional, cognitive and psychological domains for improving the well-being and quality of life in the elderly. Paper "Cognitive frailty: rational and definition from an IANA/IAGG international concensus group" was published in J Nutr Health Aging. 2013 Sep;17(9):726-34.


  • IAGG GARN Conference on “Nursing home research: The first IAGG research conference” November 22-23, 2013, Saint Louis, MO, USA. Despite the increase of both the aging population and the number of institutionalized older people, clinical research in nursing home is still scarce. Research is however essential to improve the quality of care in nursing home. The improvement of the quality of care in nursing home will rely on the future evidences from researches performed in these settings, their feasibility in real life condition and the successful dissemination of these new clinical evidences. Supported by the IAGG GARN Network, the Conference offered an opportunity for the 75 participants to learn and share ideas, and promote current knowledge among researchers, in the field of nursing home care. Thank you to those who addressed lectures, chaired symposiums, and presented oral and poster communications. It was generally admitted that these high-level contributions made the event a success with many opportunities for speakers and audience to develop intensive exchanges. The paper "Nursing home research: the first IAGG research conference" was published in J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May;15(5):313-25.


  • A Consensus meeting on "Frailty screening" in 2013. Six societies including the IAGG, EUGMS, AMDA, IANA, AFAR and SCWD, got together and called for screening by health professionals of all persons 70 years and older for frailty. Whether or not this approach was feasible or useful has been questioned. This question has now been answered in the resounding affirmative by a large study from the Toulouse Gérontopôle on their Geriatric Frailty Clinic. This study demonstrated that general practitioners can screen for frailty and when these frail persons are referred for a full geriatric assessment, a variety of treatable conditions are identified. A consensus paper on “Frailty screening comes of age” was published in J Nutr Health Aging. 2014 May;18(5):453-4.





ICFSR2017 - 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FRAILTY AND SARCOPENIA RESEARCH This edition is scheduled on April 27 & 28, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The following speakers have accepted to address a keynote lecture: Prof Marco PAHOR, (Gainesville, USA), Prof Leocadio RODRIGUEZ MANAS (Getafe, Spain), Prof Alfonso CRUZ JENTOFT (Madrid, Spain), Dr Stephen DONAHUE (Tarrytown, USA) and Prof Tommy CEDERHOLM (Uppsala, Sweden). See the preliminary program. Late breaking news will be accepted from February 2 to 27, 2017. For more information, please visit the dedicated website at http://www.frailty-sarcopenia.com


IANA2017 - 12th INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY ON NUTRITION AND AGING The IANA2017 will be organised on July 23, 2017 in in San Francisco, USA, during the IAGG2017 congress. This year's meeting is dedicated to "Nutrition and maintaining functions with aging" and aims to promote a better understanding and implementation of nutrition and age-related diseases into clinical practice. Registration: no cost for those who have registered to the World Congress. See the preliminary program https://www.iagg2017.org/images/documents/IANA2017-PreliminaryProgram.pdf   Abstract submission deadline is over.


IAGG2017 - 21st IAGG WORLD CONGRESS ON GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS Hosted by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the event will be held on July 23-27, 2017 in San Francisco, USA. It will bring together over 6,000 professionnals on the theme “Global Ageing and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice.” The global event will bring representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance, policy fields, and other disciplines to address the latest approaches to improving the quality of life of the world’s older adults. Registration is now open. Late breaker submission deadline is expected on February 15, 2017. Early bird registration deadline: May 2, 2017. Website: https://www.iagg2017.org/


NHRIWG2017 - 4th conference on NURSING HOME RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP Scheduled on October 13-15, 2017 at St Louis University, MO, USA, this new meeting offers an opportunity to learn and share ideas, and promote current knowledge among researchers in the field of nursing home care: prevention, functional decline, quality improvement, care organisation etc. Call for abstracts deadline: June 26, 2017. Website: http://www.nursing-home-research.com


CTAD2017 - 10th conference on CLINICAL TRIALS ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE The next edition will take place on November 2-4, 2017 in Boston, USA. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most important health challenges facing aging populations worldwide. The development of the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease drugs is becoming essential to face up to this challenge. The aim of the conference is to overcome the hurdles and speed the development of effective treatments. It will highlight the latest discussions on new results, candidate therapeutics, and methodological issues. Website: http://www.ctad-alzheimer.com/ctad-2017


CTAD2016 - 9th conference on CLINICAL TRIALS ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE The event took place on December 8-10, 2016 in San Diego, USA. The development of the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease treatments is among the most important health needs worldwide, but presents huge challenges. The goal of the meeting is to bring together today’s worldwide leaders in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease to discuss new results, candidate therapeutics, and methodological issues important to the development of the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease treatments. Clinical trial teams from worldwide centers will report on their efforts to identify new biomarkers of disease as well as more sensitive clinical assessment tools to identify those at risk for AD, to predict progression, and assess the effectiveness of new treatments. Download the conference abstracts published in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.


NHRIWG2016 - 3rd conference on NURSING HOME RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP The meeting was held on November 9 & 10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain and got together 150 delegates. The aim was to raise further awareness on the need to promote research in nursing homes and it delt with prevention, functional decline, quality improvement, care organisation etc (see the final program). The next edition is scheduled on October 13-15, 2017 at St Louis University, MO, USA. Website: http://www.nursing-home-research.com


CTAD2015 - 8th conference on CLINICAL TRIALS ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE This new version of the conference was held in November 2 & 3, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The 900 attendees traded results on trials from the closely watched Aβ antibodies aducanumab and gantenerumab to a long list of lesser-known therapeutic candidates. The most pressing issue discussed at this meeting was how to design trials to be able to see a drug effect in early AD, while the tools are still evolving. The field has learned much about the importance of rigorous dose-finding, exposure, and target engagement, but new frontiers have cropped up. How best to identify the right patient population, knowing how fast a given early-stage person is likely to progress, and measuring subtle improvement in barely impaired people have become the challenges of the day. To meet them, tools development is actively ongoing; Six articles are available at http://www.alzforum.org/news/conference-coverage/clinical-trials-alzheimers-disease-2015


CALENDAR - The IAGG GARN Network focuses on research issues related to frailty and sarcopenia, Alzheimer’s disease and nursing homes. To this effect, it collaborates from near and far in various working groups. An EVENTS CALENDAR  is regularly updated. It announces events organized in collaboration with the IAGG GARN Network and other information on associated conferences set up by our partners.




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