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Alzheimer’s Assoc. to debut in medical conference capital

For the first time in 2017, Alzheimer’s Association will host its annual conference in London — known as a world-leading medical conference capital.

The six-day event, which will take place at the city’s international convention center, ExCeL London, will see more than 5,000 delegates gather to promote an international exchange of ideas in Alzheimer’s disease.

From July 15-20, 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association conference joins a growing number of medical events being held in the capital. ExCeL London hosted four major life sciences conferences this year alone while 2015 will see 35,000 senior medical professionals attend the five-day European Society of Cardiology Congress in August-September.

“London has everything an international conference attendee needs: stunning historic attractions, excellent transport connectivity and high-tech, high-capacity events spaces.  London & Partners’ professional convention bureau team and ExCeL’s efficient convention center staff makes organizing an event in London effortless for a meeting planner. This combined with the UK government’s commitment to Alzheimer’s research made London the leading choice for our 2017 event,” stated Darren Mendola, senior director of Conference Services, Alzheimer’s Association.

Medical meetings are some of the largest events in the world, and competition to host them is fierce. London is an increasingly attractive option, according to Becky Graveney, head of associations at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company for the city.

“London has everything that major associations are looking for in a conference destination. The city and the wider region is a world-leading hub of innovative research and development.  From the development of the new Francis Crick Institute to the launch of MedCity, delegates know that in London they are in the right place to make great contacts and explore the very latest developments in their sector,” added Graveney.

The news has been welcomed by Dr. Eliot Forster, executive chair of MedCity, an initiative launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson in April this year to develop the London-Oxford-Cambridge golden triangle into a world-leading cluster for life sciences and health care enterprise and investment.

“Alzheimer’s is firmly on the UK’s agenda as a major global challenge on which we are focusing our considerable joint expertise and resources to tackle. Events like this are a valuable way to share knowledge, extend networks and lay the groundwork for new collaborations. Having this major conference on our doorstep will open up terrific opportunities and build crucial cross-industry ties at this vital time in the fight against dementia,” said Forster.

For more information, visit conventionbureau.london.

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