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International Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia Summit Secretariat

This page is dedicated to news and announcements from the Secretariat of the International Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia Summits


Secretariat of the International Summits on Intellectual Disability and Dementia

About Us...

Our mission is to serve as a coordinating body for past and successive International Summits on Intellectual Disability and Dementia.

Organizing Members of the Secretariat:

    Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D. (University of Illinois Chicago, USA)

    Nancy Jokinen, Ph.D.  (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)

    Frode Kibsgaard Larson, (Norwegian Dementia Initiative, Norway)

    Philip McCallion, PhD. (Temple University, USA)

    Eimear McGlinchey, Ph.D. (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

    Alyt Oppewal, Ph.D. (Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands)

    Karen Watchman, Ph.D. (University of Stirling, Scotland)

In 2016, an informal group of researchers met and organized the initial International Summit on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia in Glasgow Scotland.  Information about the initial Summit and its work and outputs can be found here.  The group's planning for subsequent Summits was interrupted by the global shut-down stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In 2023 it was decided to reinvigorate the Summits as the result of an extremely kind offer by the Reena Organization in Toronto, which wanted to hold a significant scientific meeting on older age issued and intellectual disability in association with their celebration of 50 years of service to the Metropolitan Toronto community. This resulted in the 2nd International Summit on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia.  For more information on this Summit.

Thus was born the impetus for formalizing planning and oversight of subsequent Summits.  The organizing participants opted to formalize a Secretariat to undertake that role and serve a point of contact and coordination. The Summit Secretariat was formally organized on October 25, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

The Secretariat is currently engaged in producing a report from the Summit, which will posted shortly.

The virtual Secretariat can be contacted via this page, or by email to Dr. Nancy Jokinen, Secretariat Corresponding Official.  Our postal address is Summit Secretariat, PO Box 862, Rockport, ME 04856, USA.

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