Event Date: Jun 30, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected older persons with comorbidities, with a high fatality rate in this group.
In this webinar, we will review the basics of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19); what is known so far about its effects on the body and on the brain; and on outcomes when infection occurs in persons living with dementia. We will discuss the ethics of allocating scarce medical resources during a pandemic, and the effects it may have on access to care for persons with dementia.
Julie Robillard, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology; Scientist, Patient Experience, The University of British Columbia, BC Children's & Women's Hospitals
Dr. Julie Robillard is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia, Scientist in Patient Experience at BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Director of the Neuroscience, Engagement and Smart Tech (NEST) lab. She is Chair of the Ethical, Legal, Social Impacts Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, Vice-chair of the Technology and Dementia Executive Committee of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatments, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Development Centre of British Columbia. Dr. Robillard brings her multidisciplinary background in neuroscience and biomedical ethics to the study of issues the intersection of aging, health and technology. Her current work focuses on the evaluation of the patient experience of brain health technology and on the integration of artificial intelligence in robotic technology for older adults.
Eric Edward Smith, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAHA, Professor of Neurology Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Dr. Smith is Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary, holds the endowed Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia, and directs the Cognitive Neurosciences Clinic at Foothills Medical Centre and the South Health Campus in Calgary.