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Speaker - Robert Perneczky
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Dr Robert Perneczky is a practicing psychiatrist and geriatrician and Professor of Translational Dementia Research at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Director of the Department of Mental Health in Older Adults at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, Head of the Alzheimer Treatment and Research Centre at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Munich, and Principal Investigator and Research Group Leader at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Munich. He was previously Co-Director of the Neuroepidemiology Department at Imperial College London and was recently appointed to a professorial chair at University of Sheffield. Dr Perneczky’s research focusses on dementia diagnoses, prevention and treatment. His studies apply a range of methodologies to advance the understanding of biological and clinical processes that lead to cognitive decline and associated disability. This includes imaging, fluid biomarkers, neuropsychological and lifestyle assessments in clinical and epidemiological contexts as well as treatment and prevention trials. Dr Perneczky has a master’s in business administration from Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK, and his more recent research interests include the readiness of healthcare systems for increased cognitive screening and uptake of future disease-modifying dementia treatments. 


Michael Heneka

University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Dr Heneka earned his medical degree at the Institute of Pharmacology, for which he received the 1998 Attempto Award of the University of Tübingen, Germany. He started his clinical residency in neurology at the Department of Neurology of the University of Tübingen in 1996 and joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Bonn in 1999. After his clinical board examination (2002) and habilitation (2003), he took the chair as Professor for Molecular Neurology at the University of Münster in 2004. In 2008, he was appointed Professor for Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Bonn, heading the German Research Foundation (DFG) Clinical Research Unit 177.


Dr Heneka has more than 25 years of experience studying neurodegenerative disease at the experimental, preclinical and clinical level. While the main focus of his work is related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, he has also been working on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. At the clinical level, he has established a neurodegenerative outpatient unit at the University of Münster and thereafter at the University of Bonn from 2008 to 2016.


He has served as a board member on several networks, task forces and steering committees, and a panel member for German national dementia guidelines. Next to his role as Associate Editor of Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, and editorial board member of various neuroscience journals, Dr Heneka serves as a scientific advisory board member of the Paris Brain Institute in France and the Dementia Research Institute in the UK. He is the organiser of the biannual meeting ‘Venusberg Meeting on Neuroinflammation’ since 2009, as well as co-organiser of various international meetings and symposia.


Dr Heneka has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts in internationally recognised journals including Nature, Cell, Nature Immunology and Lancet Neurology, and has been identified as a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2018.

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