The annual “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease” lecture, sponsored in part by the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, will feature two new directors from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine, which also is a sponsor of the lecture.

Both physicians are part of new leadership with the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor. Dr. Joseph Kass, director, and Dr. Melissa Yu, associate director for clinical services, will discuss the latest in Alzheimer’s disease research and treatment.

“As the new director, I see this lecture as my formal introduction to the Alzheimer's disease community of Houston. I am looking forward to updating the community on the latest drug trials in Alzheimer's disease,” said Kass.

Yu added, “I will be discussing lifestyle changes and other non-pharmacological interventions that may slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While pharmacological therapy is important and continually evolving, there is growing evidence that medication is only part of the story.”

Both are experts in their field. Kass is an associate professor of neurology, psychiatry and medical ethics; vice chair for education in the Department of Neurology; and associate dean of student affairs at Baylor. Yu is an assistant professor of neurology, associate medical director of neurology and physician informaticist at Baylor. 

“Building on Dr. Rachelle Doody's legacy, the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center remains committed to bringing the most promising drug trials to Houston. We have entered a phase of guarded optimism about new approaches targeting the biological basis of Alzheimer's disease. All of us in the field hope these new drugs will stop Alzheimer's in its tracks before it robs people of their memory and other cognitive functions,” said Kass.

The event will be held Nov. 3 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. The program is free, and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease is welcome and encouraged to attend.

To RSVP please contact 800-272-3900 or email jkutac@alz.org.

The event is supported in part by the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter and the Moselle and Milton Pollack Endowed Fund for Alzheimer’s Education in the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Baylor College of Medicine.