Perspective of Chilean – French collaboration in chronic illness and ageing: The case of brain disorders

Perspective of Chilean – French collaboration in chronic illness and ageing: The case of brain disorders

This activity will bring together prestigious Chilean and French researchers, who have developed databases and cohorts, instruments and protocols for the analysis of cognitive impairment. The meeting will also convene local authorities and academics with the aim of generating a space for analysis and debate on the main challenges facing the progressive ageing of the population. In this context, it also seeks to strengthen the specific cooperation between both countries in the area of health, particularly in relation to chronic diseases and brain disorders associated with ageing, and to influence concrete measures and actions by decision-makers.

The meeting is part of the academic collaboration activities between Chile and France, particularly in the area of cooperation associated with health research and development. The cooperation between the two countries has been going on for a long time and in the area of Health is reflected in the French influence on the hygiene movement in Chile and in the organization of the SAMU Emergency Medical Care System. In the area of neurology and psychiatry, Dr. Andrea Slachevsky has been a major promoter of collaboration. In Engineering, too, the collaboration is long-standing. The Mathematical Modeling Center of the University of Chile, Mixed Unit of the CNRS of France, has been the fruit of years of collaboration that in recent times have been incarnated in Alejandro Maass.


October 11th

14:30-15:00: Alejandro Maass. Opening.
15:00-15:20: Christian Gonzalez Billault. Gero: advances and perspectives of cooperation.
15:20 -15:40: Juan Velásquez. Engineering and Health: Koreisha Delirium.
15:40 -16:00: Daniel Capurro.Clinical Informatics.
16:00-16:20: Rodrigo Assar. Multilevel characterization of pathological ageing in LA.
16:20-16:50: Coffee break.
16:50-17:10: Steffen Härtel. CENS: standards, telemedicine and medical informatics.
17:10-17:55: Phillippe Robert. French National Alzheimer Database.
18:00-18:45: Round table 1: Multdisciplinary research, medical Informatics and Databanks. Directed by Alejandro Maass. Special invited: Philippe Robert, Karine Pérès.

October 12th

9:00-9:45: Karine Pérès. Three French cohorts on aging (Paquid, Three-City and AMI) – Experience in multidisciplinary research.
9:45-10:30: Philippe Robert. The place of information and communication technologies for the assessment / stimulations in AD and related disorders.
10:30-10:50: Marcela Carrasco. Acute deterioration of cognitive functions and delirium in hospitalized geriatric patients.
10:50-11:10: Coffee break
11:10-11:30: Paul Délano. From presbycusis to dementia: a basic-clinical approach.
11:30-11:50: Pablo Toro. MAUCO: cohort and databank. FONDAP ACCIS.
11:50-12:10:Andrea Slachevsky. Chilean Longitudinal Study of MCI cohort. GERO.
12:10- 12:55: Karine Pérès. Functionality in ageing.
12:55-13:30: Round table 2: Clinical studies, Instruments and Protocoles for Health, Diagnosis and advances in Health and Quality of Life. Directed by Andrea Slachevsky. Special invited: Philippe Robert, Karine Pérès.
13:30-15:00: Free time
15:00-16:30: Free discussion. Perspectives of cooperation. Invited: lecturers, authorities, Senama, Minsal, Conicyt, Corfo.
16:00-16:30: Final cocktail.

International guests

Karine Pérès

University of Bordeaux 2

PhD epidemiologist, member of the team “Epidemiology and Neuropsychology of Brain Aging” of the INSERM U1219 Research Centre.

Coordinator of the first axis of this team: Changes in functional, cognitive, psychological, family functioning in aging and chronic diseases, which considers a comprehensive approach to the changes in functional, cognitive, psychological and family functioning autonomy associated with aging and chronic diseases. In this context, he has participated in research projects that address questions regarding how psychosocial and cultural factors modulate the incidence and expression of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders; the impact of occupational retirement on cognitive and psychological functioning; the relationship between psychiatric and cognitive characteristics of aging; and the contribution of the psychosocial, family and professional environment in the management of the disease.

He highlights his participation in the cohort known as PAQUID, which considered a sample of 3,777 older adults over 65 to analyze the effect of environmental, behavioral and social factors on dementia and AD development. One of the most relevant results was the discovery of correlation between the presence of aluminum in drinking water and the occurrence of dementia.

Currently, as coordinator of the PEGASE project, she heads analysis that considers three cohorts: the already mentioned PAQUID cohort, together with the so-called 3-Bordeaux City of urban sectors (2104 elderly adults, followed since 1999) and the AMI cohort formed by 1002 subjects retired in agricultural sectors and followed since 2007.

Philippe Robert

University of Nice

MD and PhD, professor of psychiatry at the Nice Medical School, director of the Nice Memory Centre for Care and Research (CMRR), director of the Cognition, Behaviour and Technology Unit at Nice-Sophia Antipolis and coordinator of the French Alzheimer’s Database.

He is a specialist in behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, assessment and treatment of apathy and in the use of new technologies for diagnosis and stimulation in the elderly. Complementary to his role as director of the Cognition, Behaviour and Technology Unit of the Nice-Sophia Antipolis, he heads the CoBTeK team (Cognition Behavior Technology), which -from the University of Côte d’ Azur and in collaboration with INRIA- develops clinical and translational research using Information and Communication Technologies to prevent, help diagnose and assist patients suffering from neuropsychiatric diseases. These technologies include the use of sensors for the perception of emotions in the face in patients, diagnosis and monitoring, as well as the incorporation of serious games in the treatment of patients with mild or moderate cognitive impairment. As coordinator of the French Alzheimer’s Database, he also has vast experience in managing large volumes of data and the use of communication technologies for the evaluation and stimulation of Alzheimer’s and senile dementias.

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Date of closure: Oct 12, 2017
Venue: Auditorio de la Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Chile, Portugal N° 84, Santiago.
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Posted on Oct 10, 2017 in Events, Workshops & Congresses