Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference 2017

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Taking on Dementia Together

Alzheimer's Society is holding its biggest-ever conference in London on Thursday 18 May. We will be bringing together the health, social care, research and policy communities to discuss how best to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.

This is your opportunity to hear first-hand the views and priorities that matter from a range of high-profile national and international speakers and join the debate on what needs to be done.

At the conference we will:

  • Unveil the findings of our biggest ever conversation with people affected by dementia
  • Explore in greater depth what works and the challenges across health, care, diagnosis, drug discovery and research
  • Hear and ask questions from leading figures in government, health and research

Date: Thursday 18 May

Time: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms

Address: 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

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Our conference programme is CPD accredited and will give you the unpreceded opportunity to hear and ask questions to the leading figures in dementia, health, social care and research fields. You will also attend workshops to explore in greater depth what works in dementia care, as well as the big challenges, including: 

  • Dementia and the Five Year Forward View
  • Latest research, drug discovery, trials and diagnosis
  • Social care - can we fix it once and for all?
  • Risk reduction - where we are and changing the future
  • Dementia care in primary and acute setting
  • Integration of health, social care and housing

Read our full CPD accredited conference programme for more details.

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Confirmed speakers: 

The conference will be chaired by journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, and confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health
  • Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England
  • Professor Bart De Strooper, Director, UK Dementia Research Institute
  • Professor Maxine Power, Chief Executive, Haelo Innovation and Improvement Science Centre
  • Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples' Mental Health, NHS England
  • Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead for Preventable Dementia, Public Health England
  • Dan Corry, Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital
  • Professor Mike Trenell, Director, NIHR Innovation Observatory, Newcastle University
  • Tim Hammond, Chief Executive, Four Seasons 
  • Ray James, Immediate Past President of ADASS
  • Wendy Noble, Senior Lecturer at King's College London
  • Nicola Duffield, Health Checks Commissioning Lead, NHS Southampton
  • Keith Oliver, Ambassador, Alzheimer's Society and KMPT Dementia Envoy
  • Professor Jan Oyebode, Dementia Care, University of Bradford
  • Richard Perry, Consultant Neurologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Catherine Thompson, Experience of Care Lead, NHS England
  • Michael Jackson, Head of Intelligence, Public Health England
  • Caroline Weimar, Homecare Worker
  • Josie Huggins, Family Carer
  • Dr Justin Walker, GP, Stewart Medical Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive, IPSOS Mori
  • Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia, Plymouth University
  • Shelagh Robinson, Living with dementia
  • Hilary Doxford, Research Network Volunteer and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador
  • Joy Watson, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors
  • Wendy Mitchell, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors
  • Alex Preston, Three Nations Dementia Working Group member
  • Zahid Khan, Service Delivery Consultant, Anchor
  • Gillian Findley, Director of Nursing, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG and North Durham CCG

Who should attend?

  • Leading influencers in health and social care
  • Central and local government
  • Third sector organisations
  • Dementia researchers and research organisations
  • Providers of community health services

Gala Dinner - 18 May, 7.00 - 11.30 PM

The conference this year will be an integral part of Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May). We will be asking people to come together and Unite Against Dementia - making sure dementia becomes impossible to ignore. 

Our after conference gala dinner will bring together our researchers with donors; our ambassadors with policy makers; and our volunteers with corporate partners, to celebrate our shared achievements in taking on dementia together.

Research will eventually beat dementia and at the dinner we will showcase the work of Alzheimer's Society funded-researchers and celebrate their achievements with the Dementia Research Leaders Awards. We will also show behind the scenes footage of the new Alzheimer's Society advert and hear from some of the stars.

Join us for an inspirational evening.  Together we can all make a difference! Book your place at the dinner below.

Register for the dinner

How much does it cost?

Register before 1 March 2017 to secure your early bird rate.


Early bird rate 

Regular rate

Voluntary Sector

Third sector, charities, not-for profits, Small Medium Enterprises, Community Interest Companies



Public Sector

NHS, local government, central government, universities, councils and other public sector organisations.



Private Sector

Commercial and profit-making organisations.



Gala Dinner - with conference ticket 

£65 £65

Gala Dinner - Dinner only ticket 

£75 £75

Alzheimer's Society funded researchers and Research Network volunteers should visit the research programme pages for more information about registration.

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If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch at

Thanks to our conference sponsors Lilly and Xcalibre.

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