Meet the new directors at this year’s Update on Alzheimer’s lecture

The annual “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease” lecture, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association–Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine, will feature the new Center Director and Associate Director of Clinical Services.

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

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 and associate medical director of neurology at the Baylor Clinic.

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.

Julie Kutac, PhD

Professional Education & Research Specialist Dr. Julie Kutac received her BS in Molecular Biology with a minor in Theology from Texas Lutheran University, her MA in Religious Studies from Rice University, and her PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Kutac's research at Rice focused upon the ethics of memory and illness narratives that captured the subjective experience of Alzheimer's disease. At the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Kutac continued to explore her interests in aging and elder care as a National Institute of Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Sealy Center on Aging. Her dissertation focused upon suffering, the elderly, and ways that the medical humanities can improve the practitioner-patient relationship. Dr. Kutac currently works as the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter. In this role, she educates health care practitioners and liaises with the Alzheimer's Association funded scientists in the Texas Medical Center.