Kate Zhong

Adjunct Professor, Department of Brain Health
Founder, Brainnovation Initiative
CEO, CNS Innovations LLC
Expertise: Geriatrics, Neurodegenerative brain diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, Clinical trials, Neuroscience, Neurotherapeutics


Kate Zhong — an adjunct professor in UNLV’s Department of Brain Health — is a geriatric psychiatrist, pharmacologist, and brain health advocate. Zhong is the founder of Brainnovation Initiative and chief executive officer of CNS Innovations LLC, a company that provides consultation services to advance prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Before joining UNLV’s faculty, Zhong served as the chief strategy officer for Global Alzheimer’s Platform, a foundation devoted to improving and accelerating clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease. From 2010-2016, she was the senior director of clinical research for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where she led the development of programs treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. She is a founding member of AARP Global Council on Brain Health and serves on multiple boards in Nevada and beyond.

Zhong is a worldwide respected expert on brain health, having served as a scientific consultant for multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the United States, Canada, and Asia. She was named a “Woman to Watch” and ”Alzheimer’s Ambassador” by Vegas Inc. Magazine, as well as honored with the “Healthcare Headliner Research Award” for her creation of Cleveland Clinic's healthybrains.org and the Health Brain Index. Zhong was featured in the PBS documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” profiling her as one of Nevada’s most influential women.


  • M.D., West China University of Medical Sciences
  • M.A., Pharmacology, University of Toronto
  • Psychiatric Residency Program, University of Toronto

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Kate Zhong In The News

Northwest Asian Weekly
There are over 53 million caregivers in the United States, possibly closer to 60 million. These caregivers are of all ages—nearly half are millennials or younger—and the people they care for come in all varieties. In spite of this, caregivers, and those they care for, are something of an invisible group. They are subjected to stereotypes of what a caregiver is, or who receives care, and they often feel alone. For these reasons, it’s important that caregivers also take care of themselves.
AARP Washington State Podcast
AARP Washington, BECU, and KING 5 hosted a free event to celebrate and support those who provide care for others at Town Hall Seattle. MSNBC news anchor, filmmaker and author Richard Lui cared for his father with Alzheimers over the last decade and he's become a passionate advocate for family caregivers. Dr. Kate Zhong, geriatric psychiatrist and founder of the Brainnovation Initiative at UNLV gave practical advice and info on the latest in brain research. KING 5 Evening host Jim Dever moderated the discussion.
Northwest Asian Weekly
As the population ages and the demands of caregiving increase, discussions about caregiver wellness and brain health are gaining momentum nationwide. Approximately 38 million individuals across the country undertake the vital role of family caregivers, providing support for parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities, and other loved ones. Yet, the emotional and physical strains of caregiving cannot be understated.
About 38 million Americans are caregivers for parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities, friends and other loved ones.