Day One – Thursday 24 October 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pmNetworking Lunch
12:45 – 1:00 pmWelcome and Opening Remarks
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Keynote Address – Cognitive Reserve: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Growing evidence suggests that throughout the life course, brain health and cognitive function can be promoted and maintained – a concept known by neuropsychologists as ‘cognitive reserve’.  This keynote address will broadly highlight what is known about cognitive reserve and the importance of translating this research into public health policy and practice.  Key themes and opportunities that exist for policy, as well as work that still needs to be undertaken, will be introduced.

Professor Michael Valenzuela – Professor, Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

1:30 pmQuestion period from audience
1:45 – 2:00 pmHealth Break
2:00 – 3:45 pm

Keynote Address – Learning from Successful Public Health Campaigns: The Tobacco Plain Packaging Example

The history and importance of tobacco plain packaging serves as a critical example translating scientific research related to lifestyle into policy and how to move forward with translating cognitive reserve research into successful policy practice.  Panelists will discuss their role in moving this agenda forward.  This will be followed by a policy focused question and answer period.

Dr Simon Chapman – Emeritus Professor Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

2:30 pmQuestion period from audience
2:45 pmModerated Armchair Discussion
3:30 pmQuestion period from audience
3:45 – 4:00 pmDay One Closing Messages and Introduction of Day Two Program
5:00 pmDinner and Reception

Day Two – Friday 25 October 2019
7:30 – 8:30 amNetworking Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 amOpening Remarks and Day One Summary
8:45 – 9:30 am

Keynote Address – Cognitive Reserve: The Future of Ageing

With a rapidly ageing global population, mitigating cognitive ageing and severe cognitive deterioration is an important global public health issue.  While there is considerable variation in cognitive trajectories, cognitive decline becomes increasingly problematic when it impacts the functional ability of older people.  During this keynote address an overview of the current status of cognitive reserve policy will be provided, as well as how future policy development requires individuals, societies and governments taking a life course approach to cognitive and brain health.

Prof Miia Kivipelto – Professor, Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Karolinska Institute; Lead, FINFERS and WW-FINGERS International Network

9:15 amQuestion period from the audience
9:30 – 9:45 amHealth Break
9:45 am – 11:30 pm

Plenary Panel – Laying the Foundation: The Evidence and Science of Cognitive Reserve

There is an ever-expanding body of evidence that supports the creation of policies that encourages the development of cognitive reserve.  New learnings from the field of neuroscience and epidemiology, as well as community-based interventions will be discussed during this panel to review knowledge gained in these areas.  Panelists will be asked to provide an overview of their work and will further discuss its relevance to the future of cognitive reserve policy during the question and answer period.

9:45 amIntroduction of session topic
9:50 amNeuroscience and the concept of cognitive reserve
10:30 amEpidemiological and community-based public health perspectives
11:30 amQuestion period from audience
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 – 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion – Evidence to Action: Translating Research into Policy

Building on the review of cognitive reserve discussed during the previous panel, this session will focus on how to ensure that this research is accurately and appropriately translated into policy.  Panelists will address various pathways to influencing policy and practice at differing levels (e.g. individual, national and international).  During this session, presentations will focus on best practices and successful interventions, as well as participate in a moderated discussion.

1:00 pmIntroduction of session topic
2:05 pmQuestion period from audience
2:45 – 3:00 pmHealth Break
3:00 – 4:25 pm

Panel Discussion – Shaping the Agenda: Seizing Opportunity and Driving Change

To close the Summit, next steps for global action towards public health policies that promote cognitive reserve will be discussed.  Experts from different industries will highlight specific next steps that will help shift the conversation around cognitive decline to that of promoting cognitive reserve across the life course.  Gaps in current research/ understanding will also be reviewed, illustrating what evidence is still required to influence policy will also be discussed by panelists.  Panelists will be allocated a brief period to discuss their opinion and knowledge, followed by a moderated discussion.

3:00 pmIntroduction of session topic
4:25 pmQuestion period from audience
4:50 – 5:00 pmWrap up and Closing Remarks


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