Seminar Series: Vladimir Hachinski

VHachinski-Photo.jpgDate: October 29
Time: 1:30 p.m. EST

We are preventing some dementias now – but how?

Vladimir Hachinski, MD, MSc (Epi), FRCPC, FRSC

Department of Neurology
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Short Bio:
Vladimir Hachinski, CM, MD (Toronto), DSc (London), FRCPC, FRSC, is a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology and a Distinguished University Professor, Scientist at Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has made major contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of stroke and dementia.  He has published 17 books and over 1,000 articles. He was President of the World Federation of Neurology. He introduced the concept of vascular cognitive impairment-the vascular treatable and preventable component of most dementias and devised a method of identifying it (an ischemic score). In 2017 he received the Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health. He leads a Dementia Prevention/Brain Health Initiative.

Dementia is untreatable, but some dementias might be preventable. We showed that in Ontario in step with the implementation of a stroke strategy the incidence of stroke decreased by 32% and dementia by 7% over a 12-year period. That meant that about 10,000 Ontarians were spared stroke and 4,000 dementia in the last year of the study. Our project aims to find out what combination of environmental, socioeconomic, individual, or as yet undiscovered factors accounts for the decline and help apply the lessons Canada wide.