3rd Annual Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) Conference

April 15 – 18, 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina


The third annual Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) Conference will take place April 15 – 18, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The conference has been organized in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Satellite Symposium taking place April 17-18. 

The conference is designed to share best practices on brain health strategies across regions where GBHI engages and to provide a robust learning environment for the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health.

The topics for discussion include:

  • Addressing global inequities in dementia;
  • Economic burden of dementia in Latin America - challenges and opportunities;
  • Addressing dementia in low and middle income regions;
  • Epidemiology of Alzheimer's disease & dementia;
  • Imaging and biochemical biomarkers: advances & implementation;
  • Contributions to brain health & dementia risk;  
  • Emerging therapeutics & lifestyle interventions;
  • Clinical studies in sporadic and dominantly inherited Alzheimer's populations.


SUNDAY, April 15, 2018
Location: Yacht Club Puerto Madero

14.00 - 15.00 Registration

15:00 - 15.30 Welcome Address
Moderator: Facundo Manes (INECO, Argentina)

15.30 - 16.00 Plenary: Global Inequities in Dementia
Speaker: Maria Carrillo (Alzheimer’s Association, USA)

16.00 - 17.30 Session 1: Addressing Global Inequities in Brain Health
Moderators: Dominic Trepel (GBHI, Ireland) & Serggio Lanata (GBHI, USA)
Speakers: Patricia Garcia (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru), Hala Samir Eid Sweed (Ain Shams University, Egypt), Paulo Caramelli (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Francisco Lopera (Neuroscience Group of Antioquia, Colombia), Juan Llibre Rodriguez (Medical University of Havana, Cuba)

17.30 - 18.30 Poster Viewing

18.30 – 21:00 GBHI Opening Reception

MONDAY, April 16, 2018
Location: Yacht Club Puerto Madero

8:30 - 9:00 Day 2: Registration

09:00 – 09.30 Plenary 2: Implementing National Dementia Plans
Economic Burden of Dementia in Latin America – Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker: Adelina Comas (LSE, STRiDE, UK)

09.30 - 10.30 Session 2: From Plan to Implementation: The South American experience
Moderators: Facundo Manes (INECO, Argentina) & Ian Robertson (GBHI, Ireland)
Speakers: Julian Bustin (PAMI, Argentina), Joost Martens (ADI, El Salvador), Noemí Medina (ALMA, Argentina), Selva Maresco (ALMA, Argentina), Andrea Slachevski (University of Chile, Chile)

10.30 - 11.00 Break

11.00 - 12.00 Session 3: A Network Approach to Dementia Diagnosis
Moderators: Kate Rankin (GBHI, USA) & Maria Roca (INCYT, Argentina)
Speakers: Agustin Ibañez (INCYT, Argentina), Mario Parra (Heriot-Watt University, UK), Laura Morelli (Leloir Institute, Argentina), Teresa Torralva (INECO, Argentina)

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 14.00 Session 4: Poster Viewing

14.00 - 17.30 Session 5: Special Session by the Atlantic Fellows at GBHI

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018
Location : Sheraton Libertador Hotel
Note: Conference location is different from previous days.

09:00 – 18:30 AAIC Satellite Symposium
View draft agenda at

18:30 – 20.30 AAIC Opening Reception

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018
Location : Sheraton Libertador Hotel

08:45 – 17:45 AAIC Satellite Symposium
View draft agenda at



April 15, 16 & 19, 2018:
Yacht Club Puerto Madero 
Olga Cossettini y Victoria Ocampo, Dique IV. Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, 1107

April 17 & 18, 2018:
Sheraton Libertador Hotel
Avenida Cordoba 690, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1054


For international invitees, we have secured hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires:

Hotel Meliá Buenos Aires
Reconquista, 945, Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Check-in from April 14, 2018. Daily check-in is from 14:00.
Check-out by April 20, 2018. Daily check-out is until 12:00.


Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back should be arranged by the participants. Save your receipts to submit for reimbursement.

Ground transportation from the Hotel Meliá and the conference venue will be provided. 


Due to the strict visa policies, you cannot apply for a visa until you are issued an invitation from an Argentinian host.

If you require a visa to enter Argentina, please alert immediately to request an invitation letter from our Argentinian sponsors.

Passport holders requiring visas can be found at

Please refer for the FAQ section for what other documents are required for your visa application.


The registration form should be completed no later than March 25. 

Registration is free and required. Invited guests should have received an email with their log-in details. 


Dress code

The dress code for the conference, including dinners, is business casual/smart casual.


For international invitees, GBHI is covering the basic cost of your hotel room, including breakfast. Meals during the conference will be covered by GBHI. Any additional charges to your room will be your responsibility. A credit card will be required at check-in.

Please note that GBHI covers room rate and tax for single occupancy only. If requesting double occupancy, the hotel will collect any differences in room and tax price at the time of check in.


GBHI will cover reasonable and customary economy class roundtrip travel for invited guests. 

Unless you are staff of Trinity College Dublin, the UC Travel Center will assist you with your air travel reservations, which will be paid for by GBHI at UCSF.

Details for making travel reservations were sent to you shortly after receiving your RSVP.

Please book and finalize your travel arrangements as soon as possible and by February 28, 2018 at the latest.


If you require a visa, here is a list of things you will need for your application at your local Argentinian Consular.

  • Completed application form:
  • Valid passport for at least six months from entry date to Argentina
  • 2 passport pictures
  • Work/University reference
  • Hotel reservation for the stay in Argentina
  • Booked return airline tickets
  • Invitation Letter - issued from our sponsors in Argentina

Non-refundable Fee: €200 (this will be reimbursed by GBHI).

Please email with the following information to receive an invitation letter:

Full name:
Date of birth:
Type and number of passport:
Mobile phone:
Email address:
Home address:
Flight departure location and date:
Flight return location and date:


Please keep your receipts for reimbursement (the reimbursement policies of Trinity College Dublin and UCSF will apply).

Expenses associated with local travel to/from the airport, meals not provided by GBHI and visas are to be submitted for reimbursement.

Travel/Health Insurance

Each attendee is responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate insurance for their trip. Please ensure you are covered by your employer's travel insurance policy. 

GBHI staff can apply for Trinity College Dublin or UCSF travel insurance, respective of their university base. 

Vaccinations will not be covered by GBHI as the Department of Foreign Affairs and U.S. Department of State do not recommend any need to get vaccines for Buenos Aires. If you choose to travel privately to another area of the country that responsibility is up to the individual. 


If you have any further questions, please contact

Atlantic Fellows and GBHI faculty & staff should refer to the intranet for more information on:

  • pre-conference workshops on Sunday, April 15
  • post-conference workshops on Thursday, April 19
  • poster dimensions and templates
  • travel policies