The Site Selection Committee of the International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias (ISFTD) invites bids, to be submitted by February 15, 2019, for the site of the 13th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias in 2022.
The mission of ISFTD is to advance the understanding of nervous systems, including the part they play in determining behavior; to bring together scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines studying frontotemporal dementias; to facilitate the integration of research on frontotemporal dementias directed at all levels of biological organization; to promote education on frontotemporal dementias and inform the general public on the results and implications of current research; and to promote other activities that will contribute to the development of new knowledge on frontotemporal dementias.
The International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias (ICFTD) occurs every 2 years and is the largest meeting for researchers working on frontotemporal dementias. The aim of the meeting is to provide an array of opportunities for the advancement of information towards better understanding basic mechanisms, clinical characterization and progression, family and societal impact, and importantly any potential therapies for frontotemporal dementias.
The first International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias was held in Lund, Sweden, in 1986 to draw attention to FTD as a newly recognized form of non-Alzheimer’s dementia. Three subsequent meetings were hosted by the Lund group. In 2006, the conference took on its current form; a three day scientific meeting combined with a one day Caregiver Session, held every two years. In 2012, at the meeting in Manchester, UK, the ISFTD was founded, as the major society of FTD scientists, with one of its central mandates being to ensure the future of the conference. The ISFTD Site Selection Committee sought bids every 2 years since then, and selected the team of investigators from the University of British Columbia for the 2014 conference in Vancouver, team from Munich for the 2016 conference, team from Sydney for the 2018 conference, and team from Mayo Clinic for the 2020 conference to be held in Minneapolis. Although it is anticipated that the ISFTD may eventually take on a central role in actually running and funding the meeting, at the present time, the Society only directs the selection process and offers the support and advice of its membership for programming.
The ISFTD is now seeking bids for the ICFTD meeting for 2022. We welcome bids from teams of investigators who have submitted previous bids as well as teams who have not done so in the past. While it is generally viewed as desirable to have the conference alternate among different geographic regions, the decision will ultimately be based on the overall strength of the bids.
The host institution must underwrite full financial responsibility and risk for the conference. The ISFTD will assist those bidding in obtaining sponsorship.
Conference Venue Recommendations
The conference venue must be available for 4-5 days, one day for conference setup and committee meetings followed by 3-4 days of attendance by full conference. Accessibility for special needs (use of wheelchairs, hearing impairment, etc.) should be considered.
Facilities for at least 1,000 attendees to include:
Hotel Facility Requirements
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) must commit to manage and fund the organization of the ICFTD:
The anticipated costs of hosting the conference should be shown to be viable and a balance sheet prepared. The following financial aspects should be taken into consideration when preparing a bid. Please clearly specify the costs for each point; if the information is not available, please specify that it will be at added later.
DEADLINE FOR BID
Bids, including all information requested, should be received by the ISFTD Site Selection Committee (see contact information below) no later than February 15, 2019.
Please contact Brad Boeve regarding any questions and to submit bids:
Bradley F. Boeve, MD; Chair, Site Selection Committee; firstname.lastname@example.org
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