2023 Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Celebration

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Looking for information about the 2024 Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch coming up on April 6? Find event details and registration here.

We remember and celebrate the vast contributions of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller to the field of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Fuller is recognized as the first African American psychiatrist. In 1904, he traveled to Munich, Germany as one of five foreign doctors chosen to work with Dr. Alois Alzheimer at the Royal Psychiatric Hospital.

Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Fuller published the first papers in English on “presenile dementia,” which would later be referred to as Alzheimer’s disease. He performed vital research into the physical effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain. Dr. Fuller faced racism during his career, and acknowledgment and celebration of his work during his lifetime was scarce. Despite this, he was a pioneer in medicine, and today we recognize his career as a cornerstone in building a diverse and inclusive medical profession.

This year, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will honor Dr. Fuller at the Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Celebration, which raises awareness of the disease in the African American community. This event will take place on April 14 and 15. 

2023 Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch

The 2023 Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch will take place Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, located at 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713.

Registration is now closed for this event. 

The Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch is presented by the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and African Americans Fighting Alzheimer's in Midlife (AA-FAIM) study.

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Dr. Thomas Karikari

Dr. Thomas Karikari will be the keynote speaker

Dr. Thomas Karikari, assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, will present the keynote address entitled "How Can Blood Tests Help Improve Alzheimer's Care and Treatment for All" at the annual Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch. Dr. Karikari is one of the world's leading researchers studying early Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes and is working to develop new blood tests that predict or identify Alzheimer's disease. 

Listen to Dr. Karikari's conversation with Dr. Nathaniel Chin on the Dementia Matters episode, "Update On Blood Tests For Alzheimer’s Disease."

Schedule of Events

  • Health & Wellness Fair
  • Free Soul Food Brunch
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Thomas Karikari, leading expert in biomarkers
  • Spectacular Raffle (must be present to win)

Free and open to all. Register to attend.