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

Keynote Address – Evidence to Policy: The Future of Cognitive Reserve

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.

1:30 pm Question period from audience
1:45 – 2:00 pm Health Break
2:00 – 3:45 pm

Plenary Panel – Evidence to Policy: 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. f 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.

2:00 pm Introduction of session topic
2:05 pm The role of anti-tobacco advocacy
2:35 pm What does it take to shift policy at a national level?
2:55 pm The international implications of policy leadership
3:15 pm Question period from audience
3:45 – 4:15 pm Day One Closing Messages and Introduction of Day Two Program
7:00 pm Dinner and Reception


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

Keynote Address – The Future of Ageing and Cognitive Reserve

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.

9:15 am Question period from the audience
9:30 – 9:45 am Health Break
9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Plenary Panel – Evidence and the Science of Cognitive Reserve

During this session, panelists representing three evidence areas supporting cognitive reserve (neuroscience, epidemiology and community-based interventions), will discuss the knowledge gained in their respective areas.

11:30 am Question period from audience
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion – 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.

2:45 pm  Question period from audience
3:15 – 3:30 pm Health Break
3:30 – 5:45 pm

Panel Discussion – Opportunities for Future Policy Action

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.

5:15 pm Question period from audience
5:45 – 6:00 pm Wrap Up and Closing Remarks