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Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening

Each year during African American History Month, the Wisconsin ADRC, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, hosts the Solomon Carter Fuller Community Discussion about Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Screening Day. This annual two-day educational gathering includes continuing education for health care professionals, a community lecture, confidential memory screenings, and educational workshops for Alzheimer’s disease patient caregivers.

February 16-17, 2018

View a PDF of the Solomon Carter Fuller event schedule.

The following events are free and open to the public.

Commuity lecture about Alzheimer's disease and reception
February 16, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W Badger Rd, Madison, WI 53713
“Advancing Health Disparities Research in the African American Community"
Presented by Dr. Cerise Elliott

Memory Screenings & Workshops
February 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The day will include a caregiver workshop, free memory screenings, and a healthy cooking demonstration featuring Chef Rod Ladson.
The Village on Park, 2300 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713

The following events are offered in conjunction with Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening day and are intended for health professionals and students.

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
February 16, 2018, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Auditorium Room A1028
"Advancing Health Disparities Research with the U.S. National Institute on Aging," presented by Dr. Cerise Elliott

Roundtable Student Luncheon with Dr. Cerise Elliott
February 16, 2018, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
MFCB 4156
RSVPs required. View a PDF of the event flyer.

Keynote Speaker

Cerise Elliott, PhD, Program Analyst
Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging

Dr. Cerise Elliott is a senior research program analyst for the Dementias of Aging Branch of the Division of Neuroscience (DN) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She has been a member of the DN staff since January 2008, creating evaluation and management systems for nine research portfolios. She previously held positions at the NIH in the Office of Intramural  Research and the Office of Extramural Research for the Office of the Director from 2004 to 2008 where she was the liaison with non-profit organizations, patient advocacy groups, drug industry, and individuals to effectively and creatively disseminate NIH policies and programs to stakeholders.

Dr. Elliott received her BS in chemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her scientific research focused on cell apoptosis controlled by peripheral T cells in multiple sclerosis. Her recent programmatic interests are creating new and effective scientific collaborations, facilitating successful mentoring relationships among grantees, and providing effective evaluation of program development. Dr. Elliott is published in journals and has served on a number NIA and NIH committees and workgroups.

For more information about this event, please contact Fabu Carter.

Past Events


February 24-25, 2017

Keith Whitfield, PhD, provost, Wayne State University, and an expert on aging among African Americans

View a PDF of the event flyer.

Watch a video of Dr. Keith Whitfield's talk “Mind Over Matter: Healthy Cognitive Aging with an Emphasis on African American Men.”


February 19-20, 2016

Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, executive director, Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance, and expert in improving community health and healthcare through community engagement and research

View of PDF of the event flyer.

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.


Fuller, Solomon Carter (1872-1953). Accessed 12/11/16.

Solomon Carter Fuller: First Black Psychiatrist. Accessed 12/11/16.

Solomon Carter Fuller. Accessed 12/11/16.