The Alzheimer Enigma: The Causes of the Dementia Epidemic

Epidemics Science Lecture Series


Lecture by Albert Hofman, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

If we live into our nineties, and many of us do and more will, we have a 1-in-2 chance to have Alzheimer’s disease. Is this an unavoidable consequence of aging? Do we know specific causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Is it perhaps all in the genes? Albert Hofman will address these questions using findings from the large international Alzheimer Cohorts Consortium. And it may well be that the picture is a bit less bleak than thought: the incidence of Alzheimer’s may be on the decline.

Free and open to the public.

Part of the 2017–2018 Epidemics Science Lecture Series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic was held on Friday, October 27, 2017.