Who we are

Fundació ACE – Barcelona Alzheimer’s Treatment & Research Center and the Alzheimer’s disease Research Center (ADRC) of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine organize since 1998 the biennial Barcelona–Pittsburgh Conference.

What we do

We work to offer a quality conference bringing together panelists of recognized national and international scientific prestige; and creating an interactive space related to neuroscience, with the ultimate objective of benefiting the affected people and their families.

Why us?

Over the years, the Barcelona – Pittsburgh Conference has become a reference in the field of dementia. The conference is aimed at all professionals working with dementia, both from a medical and a socio-legal perspective.

Day 1
23 May 2018
Day 2
24 May 2018
Day 3
25 May 2018
08:00 - 14:00

II Symposium on Dementia Genetics

14:00 - 15:30

Registration | World Trade Center

Welcome and objectives | WORKSHOP ON ETHICS

By: Mercè Boada, Fundació ACE, Barcelona, Frank Jessen, University of Cologne. PreDADQoL Study.
Frank Jessen
15:40 - 16:35

Panel: Predictive Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease: Quality of Life of Individuals at Risk and their Close Other (PreDADQoL).

Ethics and Alzheimer’s: what is changing.

Núria Terribas, Director of Fundació Víctor Grifols i Lucas.
Núria Terribas
16:30 - 17:35

Panel: How to manage disclosures using biomarkers?

17:35 - 17:50

Coffee Break


Chair: Björn Schmitz-Luhn, PreDADQoL project, University of Cologne
Octavio Rodríguez
Silvia Gil
Ayda Rostamzadeh
Albert Lleó
Jennifer Lingler
Scott Roberts
Frank Jessen
Mercè Boada
Christiane Woopen
07:30 - 08:30


Hot topic lecture | Challenges and Progress in Imaging Proteinopathies.

Chair: Gemma Monté, Fundació ACE, Barcelona
Chester Mathis
09:00 - 10:00

Panel | Neuroimaging

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45

Panel | Biomarkers

11:45 - 12:45

Official Opening | 5th “Fundació ACE. Joan Boada & Mercè Rovira” award

Hot topic lecture | Explorations in the aging human connectome.

Chair: Lluís Tárraga, Fundació ACE, Barcelona
James T. Becker
13:45 - 14:45


Hot topic lecture | Epigenomics of Dementia.

Chair: Agustín Ruiz, Fundació ACE, Barcelona
Manel Esteller
15:30 - 16:30

Panel | Advances in genomics.

Hot topic lecture | Innovative strategies in AD

Chair: Mercè Boada, Fundació ACE, Barcelona
Norman Relkin
17:00 - 18:00

Panel | Innovative strategies 1

18:00 - 18:15

Coffee break

18:15 - 19:00

Panel | Innovative strategies 2

Hot topic lecture | Present and future of CSF biomarkers.

Chair: Adela Orellana, Fundació ACE, Barcelona.
Charlotte Teunissen
09:00 - 10:00

Panel | Spanish cohorts

Hot topic lecture | Subjective Cognitive Decline: a new scope

Chair: Octavio Rodríguez, Fundació ACE, Barcelona.
Frank Jessen
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Panel | Prediction and prevention

12:30 - 13:30

Panel | New approaches on neuropsychology

Final remarks and future scope

Chairs: Mercè Boada Fundació ACE, Barcelona, Agustín Ruiz Fundació ACE, Barcelona
Chester Mathis
James T. Becker
Jesús Ávila
Oscar López

Closing Ceremony

Xavier Corbella
Lluís Tárraga


World Trade Center
Edif. Este, Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona


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If you are a member of the Societat Catalana de Neurologia (SCN), Ciberned, EAIA or you can have some discount for the Conference, please contact bcnpit@fundacioace.org

All Barcelona – Pittsburgh attendees can benefit from discounted hotel room rates at the Tryp Barcelona Apolo hotel. You can ask our agency to book a room for you via secretaria@suportserveis.com or calling at + 34 93 201 75 71.