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Dementia is a devastating condition for the people affected, their family and friends, and for health systems. OECD has been working to address this challenge. We work on how health systems need to be adapted to address the dementia challenge; we look at ways to harness information technologies and big data to improve the prevention and treatment of the disease; and we examine the innovation model to mobilise the research and technology needed to address dementia. Through its global reach and ability to bring together government and non-government perspectives, OECD is in a unique position to face up to the challenge.

Find out more about OECD work on dementia in our brochure Addressing Dementia: the OECD Response.


"The OECD Brings Alzheimer’s and Dementia to Center Stage"

> Read the article by Richard A. Johnson, CEO, Global Helix LLC, in Brain Trust magazine, December 2014 issue

Latest event

"Enhancing Translational Research and Clinical Development in Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia: The Way Forward"
Workshop, 11-12 November 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland
> Press release (12 November 2014): A Shared Global Agenda to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease: Addressing the Barriers to Innovation



Global Dementia Legacy Event Japan - New Care & Prevention Models 
Tokyo, 5-7 November 2014 

  • Mark Pearson and Francesca Colombo from the OECD Health Division will attend the launch event for the OECD Health Care Quality Review: Japan. Following a presentation of key findings by the OECD, panellists will discuss the current situation and the future challenges of the Japanese health care system.
  • Francesca Colombo will speak at the session on "Dementia Prevention and Care: Providing Timely and Appropriate Support" (Nov. 5),  while Mark Pearson will deliver the keynote address on “Dignity in Dementia: How policy can improve the lives of people with dementia” and speak about future initiatives (Nov. 6).
  • The full programme is available online, and the event will be live streamed.

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Addressing dementia research and care: Can big data help?

Toronto, 15 September 2014

In cooperation with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), the OECD is hosting an event exploring the role that big data can play in improving dementia research and care.

Big data – tapping into the huge volumes of information that are generated by our increasingly computerised health and care systems – has the potential to accelerate the evaluation of treatments and care models, and generate insights into system performance. This workshop will explore how this can be applied to dementia and identify next steps in unlocking this potential and advancing data-driven innovation.

  • Agenda

  • Ontario Brain Institute press release: Thought leaders from around the globe gather to drive new approaches to the dementia challenge

  • Watch TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Alzheimer's and Dementia: A New Prescription" - September 16, 2014 - Featuring OECD's Dirk Pilat (STI)
      It's a question researchers, medical experts and governments are asking the world over: How do we tackle Alzheimer's and dementia? With an estimated 44.4 million people living with dementia worldwide, this number is forecasted to increase to over 135 million by 2050. How will patients, their caregivers and health care systems cope? As global entities such as the OECD meet in Toronto to start addressing these issues, we bring the international experts to The Agenda.




G8 Summit on Dementia

London, 11 December 2013

A G8 Dementia Summit was held in London on 11 December. The main goal of the Summit was to place dementia at the fore of international collaborative efforts. The Summit sought to coordinate international efforts aimed at finding effective solutions to dementia, ranging from the development of new, effective therapies to finding ways to slow the impact of dementia on the people affected, their families, and health systems. 

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OECD work on dementia

Different areas of work of OECD focus on issues related to dementia. Some of these activities are jointly run by different OECD divisions.

World Dementia Council

The World Dementia Council was established following the December 2013 G8 Summit on Dementia. It aims to provide global leadership in improving the conditions for research and innovation in dementia treatments; and in improving dementia prevention and care.
The OECD hosted the second meeting of the World Dementia Council in Paris on 23 July 2014, and continues to play and important role in the Council’s work.
The next meeting of the Council will be held on 17 October in London.

The impact of dementia on health systems and using data for better dementia care

We are interested in how health systems and caring policies need to adapt to the challenges posed by a growing number of people with dementia. Our work focuses on:

  • How to make better use of deep and broad data for improving dementia prevention and care. This joint project between the Health Division and the Information Communication and Consumer Policy Division of OECD is carried out in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the University of Toronto.
    A workshop on "Addressing dementia research and care: Can big data help?" will be held in Toronto in September 2014.
  • Dementia care policies. In November 2014, Japan will host a G7 legacy event on dementia, where the OECD will present a report on dementia care and prevention. The report will identify policy priorities for improving dementia care, how these can be addressed and how progress can be measured. Previous OECD work relevant to dementia care includes: 
  • Statistics. Our flagship publication Health at a Glance 2013 (released in November 2013) includes a special chapter on long-term care, including dementia. 

Innovation policies for dementia care

OECD looks at how to modernise the innovation model in health so as to reward treatments with significant health benefits in an area like dementia care. Our work focuses on:

Governance challenges related to dementia research and translational research

The OECD looks at ways to integrate emerging ‘omics’ technologies to supporting the discovery and development of new solutions to dementia, especially through the discovery of new biomarkers. Our work focuses on:

Dementia-related publications at the OECD


In the Health Division: Ms. Francesca Colombo (
In the Information Communication and Consumer Policy Division: Ms. Elettra Ronchi (
In the Science and Technology Policy Division: Mr Hermann Garden (


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