It is my pleasure to introduce the 9th International Congress on Vascular Dementia – ICVD 2015, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 16-18 October, 2015.
ICVD 2015 will be a showcase for the discussion of new developments in the area of dementia with special attention to cerebrovascular diseases affecting cognition and behavior. The congress will be an opportunity to deliberate on large and small vessel brain diseases and how they affect the mind.
We shall try to identify specific biological and psychological markers of vascular cognitive impairment, and also the genetic factors involved. The overlap with Alzheimer’s disease will be a central issue, as will be the white matter changes frequently seen in dementia. The neuropathology features of dementia, experimental animal models, and new understanding of pathogenic mechanisms, particularly inflammation, will all be highlighted at the congress. And while we are still lacking effective therapies for dementia in general, several new approaches will be presented and discussed regarding prevention of cognitive impairment and symptomatic therapy of the cognitive and behavioral manifestations.
We invite you to submit an abstract for the Congress and thereby contribute to what we are confident will be yet another exciting scientific program.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ljubljana, Slovenia, deemed the new gem in Europe to visit, for what we hope will be a memorable experience, where you will be able to further friendships, build new ones and strengthen scientific collaborations.
Amos D. Korczyn, Israel
Milica G. Kramberger, Slovenia