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Technology and Dementia Plans: Lessons from the Korean experience
Technology & National Dementia Plans: Lessons from the Korean Experience
In 2008, the Korean government announced a ‘war against dementia’ and in response, the creation of their first national dementia plan. Since then, they have been leading the way in making dementia a public health priority, with 2021 marking their 4th national dementia plan.

Through innovative thinking, technology, setting up a dementia task force and creating policies and legislation for dementia, South Korea have led the way in bringing dementia to the fore and prioritising all of those who have been affected.

Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking 60-minute discussion where we will hear from Professor Seong Yoon Kim, Department of Psychiatry, Asan Medical Center; Professor Jong Bin Bae, Associate Professor, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and DY Suharya, ADI’s Asia Pacific Regional Director.

We’ll discuss details of South Korea’s new plan, implementing new technologies for dementia diagnosis and how we can best utilise lessons from the Korean example to implement better policies and practices, both nationally and globally, for people living with dementia and their loved ones.

Apr 20, 2021 01:00 PM in London

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DY Suharya
Regional Director @Alzheimer's Disease International
DY works from Indonesia, as the Regional Director of the Asia Pacific regional office, to foster collaboration among members, strengthening their capabilities and reaching out to non-member countries. She is also Founder of Alzheimer Indonesia. DY holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Curtin University Perth, Australia, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Ohio State University, USA and a Diploma in English Literature from the University of Indonesia. DY has more than 20 years of experience in public health, public private partnerships and communication, in the past, DY has worked as a Health Communication Consultant with the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF. DY’s mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2009 and has been her source of inspiration in improving the quality life of people with dementia, caregivers and inter-generations since 2013.
Prof Seong Yoon Kim
Director @Memory Disorder Clinic, Asan Medical Center
Dr. Seong Yoon Kim graduated from Seoul National University in 1985. Establishing and running a Dementia and Memory Disorder clinic since 1997, he is now working as a Director of Geropsychiatry Section and Memory Disorder Clinic. He is actively involved in new drug clinical trials, development and validation of neuropsychological tools, establishment of geriatric cohorts for epidemiological and clinical studies, structural and functional neuroimaging, biomarker studies on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is working as an active member of the national dementia cohort research network has been the PI of Korean Alzheimer’s disease neuroimaging initiative study during 2004~2015. Recently, he has worked as a visiting scholar to UC Irvine Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), and also serving as the national expert consultant and as the president of Korean Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Prof Jong Bin Bae
Associate Professor @Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Jong Bin Bae is an associated professor in Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, based in South Korea. He holds a medical doctor degree from the Seoul National University. In 2019, he served as vice director of National Institute of dementia. His research interests are epidemiology, risk factors and therapeutics of Alzheimer’s Disease and he has published 20 articles to date (March 2021). Recently, he has conducted the research for the development of Artificial intelligence-based Alzheimer’s Disease detection software. Through this research, he was awarded Distinguished Achievement Award in Digital Healthcare Service, awarded by the Minister of Science and ICT, South Korea.