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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.

This symposium is sponsored by:

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to

  • 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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

7:30 - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration Opens

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome Address
Segundo Rodríguez-Quilichini, MD, Chancellor, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

8:45 - 9:15 am

The Oncoming Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease
María Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer's Association

9:15 - 9:45 am

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

9:45 - 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:15 am

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

11:15 - 12:15 pm

NIH AD/ADRD Research Opportunities Including for Diverse Researchers
Rod Corriveau, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS

12:15 - 1:45 pm


1:45 - 3:00 pm

Oral Session 1: Public Health and Psychosocial Interventions for Latinos with Alzheimer's Disease


Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD, Fordham University
José R. Carrión-Baralt, PhD, Medical Sciences Campus, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico

1:45 - 2:00 pm

Early Life Socio-Economic Status as a Predictor of Incident Dementia and Mortality in Late Life
Roxanna Flores, MA, Columbia University Medical Center

2:00 - 2:15 pm

The Effect of Latin Dance on Episodic Memory in Older Latinos with Cognitive Impairment
Susan Aguiñaga, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Alzheimer's Disease Healthcare Utilization Patterns in Latinos: Urgent Public Health Interventions
Carlamarie Noboa Ramos, PhD, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Emerging Neurocognitive Profiles of Alzheimer's Disease in Cognitive Aging Among Older HIV+ Latinx Adults
Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD, Fordham University

2:45 - 3:00 pm

Discussion Session 1

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Un Café por el Alzheimer: Increasing Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease in Puerto Rico
Vanessa Sepulveda, MD, Medical Sciences Campus, Internal Medicine Department, University of Puerto Rico,
Jose Carrión-Baralt, PhD, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico

3:45 - 5:15 pm

Coffee Break / Poster Session

5:15 - 7:15 pm

Social and Networking Event


8:00 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am

Oral Session 2: Latinos and Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease


Ivonne Z. Jiménez-Velázquez, MD, Medical Sciences Campus, Internal Medicine Department, University of Puerto Rico
Vanessa Sepúlveda, MD, Medical Sciences Campus, Internal Medicine Department, University of Puerto Rico

8:30 - 8:45 am

A Decade of AD Biomarker Findings in Hispanic/Latino Populations
Cristina Pereira-Estremera, Ponce Health Sciences University

8:45 - 9:00 am

Genomic Analysis of Taupathies in Colombia
David Fernando Aguillon, MD, University of Antioquia

9:00 - 9:15 am

Prevalence and Incidence of Dementia and Associations with ApoE Genotype in Caribbean Hispanic Islands
Jorge Llibre-Guerra, MD. MSc, National Institute of Neurology, La Habana, Cuba. Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis

9:15 - 9:30 am

Association between Cognitive Function, Vascular Biomarkers and ApoE4 in a Panamanian Sample of Healthy Controls, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease
Diana Carolina Oviedo, PhD, Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua Panamá

9:30 - 9:45 am

Sex Differences in Cognitive and Neuroimaging Markers of Familial Alzheimer's Disease: Characterization of the Colombian Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative Biomarker Study
Clara Vila-Castelar, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

9:45 - 10:00 am

Discussion Session 2

10:00 - 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00 am

Alzheimer's Disease Research in Puerto Rico: Update and Future Plans
Ivonne Jiménez-Velazquez, MD, Medical Sciences Campus, Internal Medicine Department, University of Puerto Rico

11:00 - 11:30 am

Familial Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease in Puerto Rico: What Have We Learned?
Joseph H. Lee, DrPH, Columbia University Medical Center

11:30 - 12:30 pm

National Strategies for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Research
Eliezer Masliah, MD, National Institute on Aging

12:30 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 3:30 pm

Oral Session 3: Latinos and Alzheimer's Disease: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Prognosis


Monica Rosselli, PhD, Florida Atlantic University
Frances Centeno, PhD, Ponce Health Sciences University

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Effects of Bilingualism on Verbal and Nonverbal Memory Measures in Mild Cognitive Impairment
Monica Rosselli, PhD, Florida Atlantic University

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Association between Visual Memory Performance and Markers of Brain Pathology in Preclinical Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer's Disease
Yamile Bocanegra, PhD, University of Antioquia

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Types of Errors on a Novel Semantic Interference Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease
Valeria L. Torres, MA, Florida Atlantic University

2:45 - 3:00 pm

The Contributions of Active Spanish-English Bilingualism to Cognitive Reserve Among Older Hispanic Adults Living in California
Miguel Arce Rentería, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center

3:00 - 3:15 pm

The Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test is Sensitive to Amyloid Pathology in Pre-clinical Autosomal-dominant Alzheimer's Disease
Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Discussion Session 3

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Oral Session 4: International Resources for Dementia Research

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia: Towards a Knowledge-to-Action Framework
Agustin Ibañez, PhD, Institute Of Cognitive And Translational Neuroscience, Argentina

3:45 - 4:00 pm

The ADI 2019 Survey on Attitudes to Dementia: Understanding Stigma as a Barrier to Early Detection and to the Provision of Care and Support
Joost Martens, MS, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)

4:00 - 4:15 pm

The National Alzheimer's Index: Mapping and Addressing Alzheimer's Disparities
Jason Resendez, Latinos Against Alzheimer's

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Discussion Session 4

4:30 - 4:40 pm

ISTAART Travel Awards for Best Poster and Oral Presentations

4:40 - 4:50 pm

Closing Remarks
Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Francisco Lopera, MD, University of Antioquia, Colombia

4:50 pm



Target Audience

This program is intended for:

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


Very Early Bird (before December 7, 2018):
Students: $50
Professionals: $150

Early Bird (before February 15, 2019)
Students: $80
Professionals: $180

Regular Registration (after February 15, 2019)
Students: $100
Professionals: $210

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2019

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made on or before April 12, 2019, minus a $15.00 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued after April 12, 2019.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The conference will be held at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

The hotel's address is:
1309 Ashford Avenue San Juan, PR 00907

Our Symposium hotels are:
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites

DISCOUNT ROOM BLOCK RATES are available through March 25, 2019 OR when block is complete.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
The discounted block rate is $248/night plus Resort Fee and tax.
To reserve your room, please call +1 787-722-7000 or +1 888-817-2033 and ask for the "Latinos and Alzheimer Symposium" room block discount.

Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
The Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn and Suites is located in front of the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.
55 Avenue Condado. San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico

The discounted block rate is $129/night plus Resort Fee and tax.
Reservations should be made directly to the Hotel's Tele-Sales Department at or calling directly to 787.791.9501 daily between 9am-6pm. Ask for the "Latinos and Alzheimer Symposium, MGH" room block discount.


Airport Information
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
Airport Phone: +1 787-791-4670
Hotel direction: 5 miles E
Estimated taxi fare: 20 USD (one way)
Bus service, fee: 0.75 USD (one way)

Visit SJU airport website

Take Highway 26 to San Juan. After you pass the sign towards Minillas Tunnel, take the first exit, Condado Centro. Immediately turn right again, like a u-turn. Turn left on Second Street, Caribe Street will lead you to the San Juan Marriott Resort entrance.

Taxis and Uber are available at the airport and the metropolitan area.

Discounted parking fee at the hotel: self $10 & valet $19 per night. Other nearby options available.

Presenter Instructions

Oral Presentation Guidelines:
With the exception of the keynote and guest lectures, all oral presentations will be 12 minutes, and the Chairs will enforce this limit. Following the oral presentation, there will be 3 minutes for questions from the audience.

Please follow the below format:
First slide should function as "intro" slide (i.e., titles, institution, graphic)

The second slide of your presentation must be your "Disclosures"

The last slide of your presentation must be a "Summary", which should remain on the screen for the duration of your Q&A with the audience.

Slides must be in 16x9 format

Slide Preparation/Uploading Guidelines:

  • All presentations will be "run" from the tech table on A/V's event computers ONLY and not individual laptops or tablets.
  • Presentation files should only be Microsoft's PowerPoint.
  • Send your slides to no later than Monday, April 21, 2019.

We recommend usage of the font types Arial or Times New Roman _ which translate correctly across platforms.

Presenter Responsibilities at the Symposium:

  • Speakers can check their slides (on the event computers) only during check-in and meal/break times.
  • Each presenter should check-in with their respective session chair prior to their session.
  • All speakers are to check-in at the A/V table prior to their session AND prior to their talk.
  • Speakers will be provided with a slide changer/laser pointer; a confidence monitor will also be provided.

Panel Discussion:

  • Each session (group of 3-5 presentations) will be followed by a 15 minute panel discussion with audience Q & A.
  • Speakers will be invited to join the session chairs on stage immediately after each group of presentations.
  • Audience will be instructed to line up at microphones for questions/comments.

Oral Presentation No Shows:
If you already know that you cannot deliver your presentation, you are asked to withdraw your corresponding abstract as soon as possible.


The Poster Session is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:15- 5:45pm

The poster session is a 90-minute display presentation with a special face-to-face time. Your Poster should be on display for the duration of the session time. You should also be by your poster for the duration of the poster session.

The display should summarize your research results using visuals such as tables, graphs, and pictures.

Posters should be in landscape format and displayed on a poster board with the following dimensions: 4ft high x 6ft wide (1.22m x 1.83m). The purpose of this presentation format is to facilitate one-on-one and small group discussions with colleagues.

If you will use fabric posters, please note these do not hold very well to the boards.

Poster presenters should refer to the list of poster presentations for their board numbers displayed outside and inside the room.

Should you need to cancel your participation, please inform the symposium at your earliest convenience.

Mounting the Poster:
The Symposium will provide push-pins and a board number.

Two Poster Presentation:
If you are scheduled to present two posters during one time period, we ask that you split your time between the two presentations or invite a registered co-author to present one of your posters.

Photography in the Poster Session:
It is strictly prohibited to take photos from any scientific material without the expressed permission by the authors.

Poster No Shows:
If you already know that your poster will not be presented, you are asked to withdraw your corresponding abstract as soon as possible. Posters not presented are costly as the board space is reserved for your poster. Please note that the organizers will be monitoring all poster no-shows.

Poster Removal:
Tear-down must be completed at the end of the poster session. Posters left up after the tear-down period will be removed for disposal. The Symposium is not responsible for any lost or damaged posters.


Host Sponsor:

Alzheimer's Association and ISTAART

Platinum Sponsor:

Multicultural Alzheimer's Prevention Program

Gold Sponsor:

Latinos Against Alzheimer's

Silver Sponsor:

Hispanic Neuropsychological Society


University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Grupo de Neurociencias de Antioquia Medellin, Colombia

Mass General Psychiatry Academy

CME Information

Live Event Date: April 26-27, 2019

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


San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States