Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening

In celebration of Black History Month, we present the 7th Annual Solomon Carter Fuller Community Discussion about Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Screening Day

February 24-25, 2017

The Solomon Carter Fuller Community Discussion about Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Screening Day is an annual two-day Alzheimer’s disease educational gathering that includes continuing education for health care professionals, a community lecture, confidential memory screenings, and educational workshops for Alzheimer’s disease patient caregivers. This year we welcome Keith Whitfield, PhD, an expert on aging among African Americans, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Whitfield will present talks during both the academic program and the free community events.

Schedule of Academic Events

Geriatrics Special Presentation: “Sources of Individual Variability in Cognitive Aging among African Americans” by Keith Whitfield, PhD

February 24, 2017
2:00-3:30 p.m.
MFCB 1220

View a PDF of the event flyer.

Student Round Table Luncheon with Dr. Keith Whitfield

February 24, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
MFCB 4156

All medical students, residents, fellows, and other trainees are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Carey Gleason at by February 17, 2017.

View a PDF of the event flyer.

Schedule of Public Events

“Mind over Matter: Healthy Cognitive Aging” by Keith Whitfield, PhD

Friday, February 24, 2017
6:30 p.m. – Talk and Q&A
8:00 p.m. – Community Reception
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St, Madison

For more information contact Fabu Carter, 608-256-1901, extension 11685, or via email at

Alzheimer’s Workshops and Confidential Memory Screenings

Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Memory screenings
9:00 a.m. – Caregiving panel discussion
10:00 a.m. – Caregiver workshops
Urban League of Great Madison, 2222 South Park Street, Madison

Members of the public can secure a memory screening appointment by calling 608-232-3400 or toll-free 888-308-6251. Walk-in appointments are also available.

View a PDF of the event flyer.


About the speaker

Keith Whitfield, PhD, is provost of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. An expert on aging among African Americans, Dr. Whitfield has published 200 articles, books, and book chapters on cognition, health, and individual development and aging. Dr. Whitfield previously served as vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University and held appointments as professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, research professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He also was co-director of the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research.


About Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller

Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller (1872-1953) was the first African American psychiatrist and a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease research. He played a key role in the development of psychiatry in the 1900s. Fuller worked closely with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, whose pioneering brain research resulted in the disease being named after him.

Fuller was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in 1872, the son of Americo-Liberians and grandson of former Virginia slaves who bought their freedom and later emigrated to Liberia to help establish a settlement of African Americans. He moved to the United States in 1889 to attend college, earning an undergraduate degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. For much of his professional career, Fuller worked concurrently as a pathologist at Westborough State Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts, a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine, and a psychiatrist in private practice. In 1904, Fuller traveled to Munich, Germany, one of five foreign doctors chosen to work with psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer at the Royal Psychiatric Hospital. During his year of study there, Fuller gained interest in neuropathology and the disease that would eventually be known as Alzheimer’s disease. Upon returning to the United States, Fuller published some of the first papers in English on “presenile dementia,” which would later be referred to as Alzheimer’s disease.


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