Episode I: Tackling Alzheimer’s Disease with Scale, System & Speed

October 1, 2021

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“I believe by 2040, we will begin to demonstrate significant efforts that will prevent this disease, where we prevent it globally. This is a goal that we have to commit ourselves to and commit ourselves with passion, recognize that we haven’t got a fast answer, but recognizing that if we don’t act now with passion and commitment, we’re never going to get to a world without Alzheimer’s.” – George Vradenburg

“As we’re recognizing that demographics are really changing in some parts of the world, particularly with aging populations growing in size and in their needs, new technology and innovation will be a really big piece of how you can operationalize something like a Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative in ways that you might not have been able to do even that recently.” – Genya Dana

Episode I of the “Dialogues on Healthy Aging” features Genya Dana, Head of Healthcare, World Economic Forum and George Vradenburg, Convener, Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease; Co-Chair, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative; Chairman & Co-Founder, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Key discussions around:

– Why are global collaborative efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease so important?

– What roles do technology and innovation play in enabling a truly transformative global initiative?

– How can initiatives such as the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative address the system, scale and speed challenges in tackling Alzheimer’s disease?


Genya Dana

Head of Healthcare, World Economic Forum

Genya is the Head of Healthcare at the World Economic Forum. She leads the co-design and implementation of a portfolio of projects designed to catalyse sustainable and innovative uptake of new technologies, financial models, delivery approaches and treatment options to affect health and well-being globally. She has two decades of experience working within healthcare systems and is an internationally recognized expert on genomics and biotechnology, and has advised foreign policy makers on the implications of emerging technologies across industries. She served as a U.S. negotiator on science, technology and innovation in multi-lateral organizations like the United Nations, worked to advance science, technology and innovation for sustainable development with a focus on Africa, and developed international partnerships to support scientific research on brain science and biological engineering. She has degrees in biology, public policy, and risk assessment, and conducted her PhD research in South Africa.

George Vradenburg

Convener, Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease; Co-Chair, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative; Chairman & Co-Founder, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

George is Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, which he co-founded in October 2010. He is also convener of the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease and co-chair of the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative, which was launched in 2021. He was named by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and has testified before Congress about the global Alzheimer’s pandemic. He is a member of the World Dementia Council. He and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease. With his wife Trish (1946-2017), George has long been a dedicated member of Washington’s civic and philanthropic community. George served as Chairman of The Phillips Collection for 13 years and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of Washington. He has served in senior executive and legal positions at CBS, FOX and AOL/Time Warner. George and Trish published Tikkun Magazine for 10 years.

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