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Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve

Woman holding a babySome 46.8 million people report that they are living with severe cognitive impairment impacting their ability to function independently in society. While global population ageing is attracting the attention of government, industry, academia and individuals around the world, enabling the functional ability of every person, specifically brain health and cognitive function, is of critical importance.

In partnership with DaneAge the IFA Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve (24-25 October 2019) aims to translating global knowledge on cognitive reserve towards policy development and implementation. The Summit program was informed by synthesized outputs of the IFA Copenhagen Think Tank and will be critical in ensuring cognitive reserve evidence is shared with policy makers to influence both policy and practice.

The timing and topic of this Summit is of utmost importance as policy-related dialogue on the impact of cognitive reserve across the life course is relatively new and there are real opportunities for inclusion in current public health and age-related policies and strategies under development. To ensure that policies and initiatives impacting cognitive reserve are both comprehensive and coordinated, collaboration between stakeholders involved in cognitive reserve research and public health policy is critical to make on impact on the prevention and risk reduction of cognitive impairment.


Prof. Kaarin Anstey

Director, UNSW Ageing Futures Institute

Psychology and neuroscience expert exploring the epidemiology of cognition and dementia

Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Public Health and Health Services
Geriatrics and Gerontology
Fostering Healthy Ageing
Cognitive Sciences
Health Promotion
Cognitive Reserve
Aged Health Care
Mental Health
Older Drivers
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Prof. Nicola Lautenschlager

Academic, Psychiatry

Expert on old age, conducting preventative clinical research on cognitive decline

Cognitive Reserve
Alzheimer's Disease
Mental Health in Older Adults
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Prevention of Cognitive Decline
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Prof. Ian Robertson


Psychology and neuroscience expert theorizing the future of cognitive rehabilitation

Cognitive Reserve
Neuropsychology of Attention of Awareness
Cognitive Genomics of Attention
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Prof. Perminder Sachdev

Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)

Neuropsychiatry expert revolutionizing our understanding of the ageing brain, apropos of lifestyle choices

Cognitive Reserve
Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Geriatrics and Gerontology
Health Related to Ageing
Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
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Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Neurology expert theorizing the ageing brain and the variability of clinical response to AD pathology

Cognitive Reserve
Diet and Cognition
Lifestyle Social Intellectual Activities and Cognition - Dementia
Diet and Cognition - Dementia
Physical Activities Exercise and Cognition - Dementia
Mechanims Relating to Nutrition
Cognitive Reserve Factors with Cognition - Dementia
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Prof. Yaakov Stern

Florence Irving Professor of Neuropsychology

Neurology and psychology expert exploring the neural basis for cognitive aging and cognitive reserve

Alzheimer's Disease
Cognitive Reserve
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Ageing
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Prof. Michael Valenzuela

Associate Professor

Psychology, clinical medicine, and neuroscience expert, exploring how complex mental activity impacts dementia

Cognitive Reserve
Computerized Cognitive Training
Cognitive Decline
Human Skin-Derived Neural Precursors
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