Prevalence of Dementia in Lebanon: A Pilot Study
Almost 10 percent of the Lebanese
population is older than 65, effectively putting them at greater risk for
dementia. Yet, the country lacks the social and healthcare policies to meet the
challenges of caring for those with the aging-related disease.
That’s why a group of researchers
from the American University of Beirut have joined forces with others from
Denmark and the United Kingdom to launch the first national study on dementia,
with funding from the US National Institutes of Health and National Institute
on Aging. Study results are expected to be out within a year.
The study will be conducted by
the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, American University
of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. AUB is a renowned educational, research,
and clinical institution in the Middle East and the world with high standards
in the fields of medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health.
Associate Professor Monique Chaaya, Principle Investigator, and
Assistant Professor Lilian Ghandour, Co-Investigator, from The Department
of Epidemiology and Population Health are experts in mental health
epidemiology, national surveys and field work on youth and elderly
populations in Lebanon. Samir Atweh, Co-Investigator, is Professor in clinical
neurology and Director of the Division of Neurology, Department of
Internal Medicine, AUB Medical Center, and Associate Dean of
Medical Education at AUB. He will contribute with expertise in dementia
Professor Gunhild Waldemar,
Principle Investigator, and Dr. Kieu Phung, Project Coordinator, from The
Danish Dementia Research Center (DDRC, previously the Memory Disorders
Research Group), Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark,
will provide expertise in dementia diagnostics and dementia epidemiology.
The DDRC is a well-established clinical and research centre and has conducted
a wide range of national and international projects in clinical dementia
research including studies in bio-fluid markers, brain imaging,
pharmacological treatment, neurogenetics, and epidemiology. It is also a
tertiary multidisciplinary memory clinic for people with cognitive
problems from the whole country.
Professor Martin Prince is
Principal Investigator for the Institute of Psychiatry