International Leaders Gather at WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Summit to Push for an Alzheimer’s Cure by 2020


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International Leaders Gather at WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Summit to Push for an Alzheimer’s Cure by 2020

New data to be released about the disproportionate burden on families in providing Alzheimer’s care

Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and lifestyle expert, TV personality, and Alzheimer’s victim B. Smith among women to be honored at “Out of the Shadows” Dinner

Washington, DC – On September 30 and October 1, UsAgainstAlzheimer's will host its annual WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Summit, ‘Out of the Shadows’ dinner, and Congressional Hill Day to drive the growing momentum in the Alzheimer’s movement. The two-day Summit will bring together national and international leaders in Alzheimer’s research, science, policy, advocacy, and care to share new data, knowledge, and insights with congressional policymakers.

At the Summit, will release a new report showing that people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease experience greater impacts financially, mentally, and time-wise compared to caregivers of aging loved ones in general.

Dr. Zhou Yang, PhD, MPH from Emory University will report on her new research that shows that women bear six times the cost that men do as a result of Alzheimer’s due to the informal care women give to family members with Alzheimer's. 

WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, the Women's Network of UsAgainstAlzheimer's, will announce its global “We Won’t Wait” campaign during the Summit and Dinner to rally supporters around the world to take action for a cure.

A key outcome of the Summit will be the creation of a “Women's Agenda for Action Stop Alzheimer’s” with clear and tangible actions: increased focus on gender-sensitive research in Alzheimer's; an international dementia-friendly movement; increased participation in clinical trials by minority women; and addressing the health and financial burden of caregiving.


WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s Summit

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30am – 2:00pm, The W Hotel, 515 15th Street, NW

Highlights include:

  • A report on the progress of Alzheimer’s drug development with Roza Hayduk, VP, Quintiles; Greg White, Senior Director, Johnson and Johnson; and Timothy Morck, VP, Nestlé Corporate Affairs.
  • New reports about the impact of Alzheimer’s on women and caregivers with Bryan D. James PhD, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Hilary Evans, CEO, Alzheimer’s Research UK; and Katie Roper, Vice President,
  • A discussion with David Shenk, best-selling author, journalist and Alzheimer’s disease advocate; Greg O’Brien, author, frequent lecturer, caregiver, patient and advocate; and Daisy Duarte, patient and caregiver advocate for the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network.

A copy of the agenda, including a full list of speakers, is available here.

Out of the Shadows Dinner

Wednesday, Sept 30, 7:30-9:00pm, Union Station

After the Summit, over 300 hundred guests will gather for a moving and inspirational night focused on bringing Alzheimer’s ‘out of the shadows’. Senator Barbara Mikulski, B. Smith and Dan Gasby, and JP Morgan Chase will be honored for their commitment to the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Senator Elizabeth Warren will present this year's award to Senator Mikulski. NPR’s Diane Rehm is the dinner emcee.  Please RSVP to

Congressional Alzheimer’s Briefing

Thursday, Oct. 1, 12:30-1:30pm, Dirksen 562

The briefing will bring together advocates, Members of Congress and Congressional staff to discuss the importance of increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research and to support the just-introduced EUREKA Act and policies to reduce family caregiving burden. Attendees will gain access to the latest cutting-edge research and policy developments, as well as policy steps needed to stop Alzheimer’s by 2020. Speakers include Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and national and global Alzheimer’s experts representing the voices of those most impacted by this disease including women, Latinos, and African Americans. (Lunch provided.)

The Out of the Shadows dinner is sponsored by Eisai, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Lauder Foundation, and KPB Corporation. 

Follow the summit on Twitter at @UsAgainstAlz and @WomenAgstAlz. Participants of all three events will reinforce the theme #WeWontWait.



UsAgainstAlzheimer's is an entrepreneurial and disruptive organization demanding a solution to Alzheimer's by 2020. Driven by the suffering of millions of families UsAgainstAlzheimer’s presses for greater urgency from government, industry and the scientific community in the quest for an Alzheimer's cure – accomplishing this through sustained and effective leadership, fierce and collaborative advocacy, and strategic investments. 

As a member of the UsAgainstAlzheimer's Network, WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s unites women across the globe to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Our growing network of women is impatient with the slow progress being made in the Alzheimer’s fight and, driven by our passion, is committed to disrupting current “business-as-usual” approaches to funding, research and advocacy in order to bring Alzheimer’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Because women won’t wait.