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

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

8:00 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome Address
Representative from University of Puerto Rico

8:45 - 9:15 am

The Oncoming Epidemic of Alzheimer's disease
Maria Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer's Association

9:15 - 10:00 am

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

10:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 11:30 am

Can Alzheimer's disease be prevented?
Francisco Lopera, MD, University of Antioquia, Colombia

11:30am - 12:30 pm

NINDS/NIH Funding opportunities for underrepresented researchers
Rod Corriveau, PhD, NINDS

12:30 - 1:30 pm


1:45 - 2:30 pm

AD Research in Puerto Rico: Update and Future Plans
Ivonne Jimenez-Velazquez, MD

2:30 - 3:30 pm

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

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

Poster Session (by abstract submissions)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Social and networking event at a local restaurant (Sponsored by UsAgainst Alzheimer's)


8:30 - 10:30 am

Oral presentations (by abstract submissions)

10:30 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 12:30 pm

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

12:30 - 1:45 pm


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Status of Alzheimer research in Latino America- Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia: Towards a Knowledge-to-Action Framework
Agustin Ibanez, PhD

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Oral Presentations (by abstract submissions)

3:45 - 4:30 pm

Wrap-up discussion
Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD and Francisco Lopera, MD

4:30 pm

Awards for Best Poster and Oral Presentations

Saturday from 1:30 - 4:30 pm

1:30 - 2:00 pm

The basics: memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Challenging conversations about dementia

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Effective communication strategies

3:30 - 4:30 pm

The importance of participating in research and clinical trials


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 8, 2019)
Students: $80
Professionals: $180

Students: $100
Professionals: $210

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.

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2018 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 26, 2018.
  • Please note that presenters are required to register for the meeting and pay the appropriate meeting registration fees
  • Please contact us 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 April 27, 2019
  • Submitted oral presentation abstracts that are not selected may be considered for a poster presentation

Poster sessions:

  • Accepted posters will be scheduled on April 26, 2019
  • 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: April 26-27, 2019

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


Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States