The first steps to create an organization devoted to vascular causes
of cognitive and behavioural disorders were taken during autumn 2001
when researchers started to discuss the need to have a society
. The discussions became
more formal at a meeting in Madrid later that year in November on Vascular
Burden of the Brain: New Therapeutic Directions, organized by the
Internationall Psychogeriatric Association.
At that meeting a
drafted (see below) and sent out to researchers interested in the subject.
This manifesto was soon signed by a large number of researchers from
different parts of the world (see Founding members
). It was also
decided that the first meeting was to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in
During spring 2002, after discussions and a final voting among the
founding members, it was decided that the name of the society should be
the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders
(VasCog). In April 2002, at the 3rd World Congress on Vascular factors in
Alzheimer's Disease held in Kyoto, Japan, it was decided that in future this
Congress should be incorporated into the VasCog meetings.
During autumn 2002 the members of the Society discussed and finally
of the society, first drafted by Julien Bogousslavsky
and Ingmar Skoog.
During Spring 2003 the members decided after voting that the 2nd
Congress should be held in Florence, Italy 2005. The first
of Vas-Cog was elected
during the summer of 2003, and had its first meeting during