Presidential Symposiums

IFA is pleased to announce that on each day of the conference, immediately following the keynote speakers and plenary, a one-hour Presidential Symposium will take place, featuring several global thought leaders and experts on critical issues, often overlooked in the policy arena. 

Please note that delegates will now be able to experience this event in-person and virtually.

The Presidential Symposiums will be held from 10 to 12 November 2021 from 1:00PM to 2:30PM.

For more information, please see details below.


When: Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Where:  Virtual
                    In-person at The Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel
Time:
1:00PM to 2:30PM

Vaccination throughout life is a key pillar of expanded prevention strategies that can save millions of lives and is a central component of universal health coverage. The collective voice and actions of public health professional, patient and advocacy organizations at and beyond the conference is required to ensure existing vaccine uptake targets are met and we strive for parity of such targets across the life course.

One of the single most important barriers to fulfilling this mandate is the lack of a joined-up approach and mechanism to mobilize information, experts and activists around a common agenda across disciplines and sectors. This conference acts as a bridge across disciplines and sectors with attention to patient and advocacy organizations.

When: Thursday, 11 November 2021

Where:  Virtual
                    In-person at The Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel
Time:
1:00PM to 2:30PM

Vision loss and impairment is neither inevitable nor associated with growing older.  While 2.2 billion people around the world today have a vision impairment, at least 50% could have been prevented.

This is an unprecedented time in history with a rapidly ageing global population and a significant increase in the prevalence of diabetes.  As such, integrated people-centred care provides a continuum of health interventions and has the potential to address the full spectrum of eye conditions, according to the needs of the individual throughout their life course.

With the backdrop of the WHO World Report on Vision, the Presidential Symposium on Vision Health seeks to convey new knowledge on coordinated care and treatment, emerging policy issues on biosimilars in ophthalmology, the challenging consequences of end-organ damage, and the role of civil society in improved care outcomes from both a vision and functional perspective.

When: Friday, 12 November 2021

Where:  Virtual
                    In-person at The Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel
Time:
1:00PM to 2:30PM

Cognition is one of the major predictors of day-to-day functional ability, and new strategies for protecting against cognitive decline and impairment are urgently needed in a comprehensive public health framework.    

The WHO Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 recognises dementia as a public health priority and aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

Cognitive Reserve is critical to this framework and refers to a human capacity to decouple cognitive function from the accumulation of brain pathology that is so common as we age.  It can be built up by voluntary and involuntary exposure to stimulatory environments throughout the lifespan.  It is very likely to have contributed to one of the medical triumphs of our generation: a 20-40% decrease in age-adjusted dementia prevalence and incidence over the last two to three decades in some developed countries.  

Secular improvements in Cognitive Reserve determining factors such as schooling, higher education and occupational patterns are likely to contribute (amongst other factors) but have evolved in an unplanned way.  Understanding and utilising these developments is critical as the greatest growth in dementia burden is yet to come and will occur in lower- and middle-income countries.

Cognitive decline is not inevitable in later life and by extension, there is a public health responsibility to help move people ‘up’ a trajectory class.

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