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The Alzheimer Enigma in an Ageing World

Thursday 24 October (6pm-7.30pm)
followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Archaeology G6, Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Achaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

A lecture by Professor Margaret Lock , Marjorie Bronfman Professor in Social Studies of Medicine, Emerita, Dept. of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

This lecture has been convened by Dr Sahra Gibbon to form part of UCL's Festival of Ageing and is supported by UCL Science Medicine and Society Network and UCL Anthropology.

Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly described today as an epidemic, with estimates of 115 million cases worldwide by 2050. Less visible are the ongoing epistemological arguments in the medical world about the observed entanglements of AD type dementia with “normal” aging, and the repeated efforts to delineate what exactly constitutes this elusive yet devastating condition. In early 2011 official statements appeared in relevant medical journals about a so-called paradigm shift involving a move towards a preventative approach to AD in which the detection of biomarkers indicative of prodromal Alzheimer’s disease is central. In this talk I will discuss the significance of risk predictions associated with such biomarkers, and the irresolvable uncertainties such information raises for involved individuals and families.

Welcome: Professor Andrew Steptoe, Director, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, UCL

Introduction and chair: Dr Sahra Gibbon, UCL Anthropology

Professor David Napier, UCL Anthropology
Professor Marcus Richards, UCL Epidemiology and Health Care
Professor Cornelius Katona, UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit

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