London is fast gaining a reputation as a medical meetings record breaker.
The UK capital has just hosted the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), welcoming more than 5,600 delegates – the largest attendance in the event’s history.
The meeting was held at ExCeL London. In recent years the European Society of Cardiology, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, and the International Society for Cellular Therapy – to name just a few – have asurpassed previous attendance records at the Dockland venue.
The five-day AAIC (16th – 20th July)included 5 plenary sessions, eight symposia, 59 oral sessions, 26 featured research sessions, five topic sessions and more than 2,100 poster presentations.
Numerous headline-grabbing stories came out of the eventful congress, including research on speech patterns and the impact of stressful life experience on the disease.
Darren Mendola, Senior Director, Conference Services at the Alzheimer’s Association, said: “We are grateful to the ExCel and the City of London for serving as fantastic hosts for an extremely successful conference. We were thrilled to see such an incredible attendance, and know that the new research shared will have a lasting impact around the globe.”
Andrew Swanston, Head of Sales, ExCeL London, said: “Having first met the AAIC team in 2008, it was fantastic to see their conference come to London and we are thrilled that they have had such a successful event. In partnership with London, it is our aspiration to host the very best events in the world and the AAIC congress represents the leading event in its field. We are honoured to have worked with the AAIC team to deliver a truly world-class event.”
Suzanne Singleton, Head of Associations at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotion agency and convention bureau for the city, said: “It was a fantastic honour to welcome the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) to London and to play our part in the essential work the Association carries out. It was AAIC’s first time in the capital and we are delighted the congress broke attendance records.”