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Speaker - Chris Lynch
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), London, UK

Chris Lynch is Deputy CEO and Director of Policy & Communications at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).


Chris has over 30 years of experience in global, regional and national policy and advocacy, plus communications, marketing, business development, publications and events experience across private, public and not-for-profit sectors. As Director of Policy & Communications at ADI, Chris leads on engagement with the World Health Organization and the United Nations, as well as multilateral, regional and national policy engagement, and the global World Alzheimer’s Month awareness campaign.


Chris has previously run his own marketing and business development consultancy, Future Marketing. His pro bono work includes start-up and third sector business advice.


Wiesje van der Flier

Amsterdam University Medical Centers (UMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Professor Wiesje van der Flier is full professor and scientific director of the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam at Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands, where she has worked since 2004.


She studied neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands. In addition, Professor van der Flier is a clinical epidemiologist. She leads the Amsterdam Dementia Cohort, an ongoing memory clinic-based cohort including more than 6000 patients with deep phenotyping (MRI, EEG, CSF biomarkers, and PET) and linked biobank (blood, DNA, CSF). The Amsterdam Dementia Cohort is at the basis of many of the studies performed at the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam.


She has been (co)promotor of >20 theses and is currently supervising ~10 PhD projects. Professor van der Flier’s main research areas are the origin of Alzheimer’s disease, its diagnosis and prognosis, and intervention and prevention. She leads ABOARD (A Personalized Medicine Approach for Alzheimer’s Disease), a Dutch public–private partnership of more than 30 partners.


Together with colleague Philip Scheltens, she has written a book, Het Alzheimermysterie, which was published by the Arbeiderspers.

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