This program has been postposted. A new date is to be determined.

Diagnosis, prevention, and the care provided to individuals with Alzheimer's disease are greatly influenced by socioeconomic and cultural factors. Statistics suggest that the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is greater in Latinos compared to Caucasians. This symposium will raise awareness and will provide empirical evidence about best practices for preventing, diagnosing and caring for Latino individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Each presenter, all of whom have dedicated their scientific and clinical careers to studying Alzheimer's disease in Latino populations, will overview the current needs, research findings, and practice knowledge that inform care of Latino individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. It will also provide a platform for the development of collaborations and support among health-care professionals, scientists and trainees.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors in Alzheimer's disease.
  • Identify risk factors for Alzheimer's disease in older Latinos
  • Identify strategies to reduce risk and improve early detection of Alzheimer's disease in Latinos.
  • Describe strategies to provide care and support for Latino older adults and their caregivers.


Content and faculty subject to change.


8:00 - 8:30 AM


8:30 - 9:30 AM

Latinos and Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges and Opportunities
Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

9:30 - 10:00 AM


10:00 - 11:30 AM

Keynote Lecture: Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?
Francisco Lopera, MD, University of Antioquia, Colombia

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers
Rod Corriveau, PhD, NINDS

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 2:30 PM

Un Caf por el Alzheimer: Increasing Awareness of AD in Puerto Rico
Vanessa Sepulveda, MD and Jose Carrion, PhD, University of Puerto Rico

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Poster Session (by abstract submissions)


8:30 - 10:30 AM

Oral Presentations (by abstract submissions)

10:30 - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Keynote Lecture: Biomarkers for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease
Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 3:30 PM

Forum: Status of Alzheimer Research in Latino America
All attendees

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Wrap-up Discussion
Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Francisco Lopera, MD, University of Antioquia, Colombia

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Students and trainees in psychology
  • Social work and related disciplines


Very Early Bird (before September 8, 2017):
Students: $50
Professionals: $150

Early Bird (before December 8, 2017)
Students: $80
Professionals: $180

Students: $100
Professionals: $210

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made on or before February 9, 2018, minus a $15.00 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after February 9, 2018.

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: November 17th, 11:59 PM US Eastern Daylight Time. All abstracts must be submitted by this time to be considered. No late submissions are accepted, without exception.

General Guidelines for Abstracts:

  • Abstracts must be written in English
  • Abstracts may come from any area of Alzheimer's disease research
  • Research that represents a collaborative effort and/or work that has been presented at other meetings is welcome
  • All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and authors will be notified via e-mail of abstract decisions by November 10, 2017
  • Please note that presenters are required to register for the meeting and pay the appropriate meeting registration fees _discounts for student registration
  • Please contact Alejandra Restrepo at if you have any questions about the submission process

Submission Instructions

  • Please submit abstracts by e-mail to Abstracts may be sent in the text of the e-mail or in an attached word document
  • Indicate whether the abstract is for a poster or oral presentation
  • Indicate if the presenting author is a student/postdoctoral fellow
  • Approximate word count should be less than 300 words
  • Please provide all of the following in your submission:
    • Author(s)
    • Affiliation(s)
    • Corresponding email address
    • Title of Poster/Paper
    • A theme or topic for the abstract (please see list below)
    • Abstract
    • Background
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions
  • Abstracts for oral presentations must be sent along with presenter's CV

Oral Presentation:

  • Each abstract will be allotted 12-15 minutes for oral presentation and audience discussion. A moderator will adhere to these time limits to allow time for discussion among the presenters and the audience
  • Oral sessions are comprised f six presentations per oral session and are grouped by the Program Committee Chair
  • Accepted oral presentations will be scheduled for either day of the Symposium
  • Submitted oral presentation abstracts that are not selected may be considered for a poster presentation

Poster sessions:

  • Accepted posters will be scheduled on February 23, 2017
  • Poster presenters will stay with their poster for the duration of the poster session (approximately 60-90 minutes)


  1. Latinos and Alzheimer's disease: assessment, diagnosis and prognosis
  2. Latinos and biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease
  3. Public health and psychosocial interventions for Latinos with Alzheimer's disease


Live Event Date: February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018

This is a save the date. Accreditation information will be available once we complete the agenda.


Centro para Puerto Rico, Fundación Sila Calderón, San Juan, San Juan, PR, USA