Button to link to the recording of the eventPlease join us for a virtual celebration honoring the life and legacy Solomon Carter Fuller, MD, who graduated from BUSM in 1897. The first Black psychiatrist in the country and a renowned neurologist, pathologist and educator, he worked with Dr. Alois Alzheimer and practiced in the Boston area before joining the BUSM faculty in 1919. Upon his retirement from academic medicine in 1933, he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Neurology, and continued in private practice for many years.

The daylong event is sponsored by the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Diversity & Inclusion and Alumni Association Offices; and BU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. This program is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

5.5 Hours

A certificate of participation is available for all attendees.

Attendees will be emailed information on how to claim their credit post meeting.

9-9:10 a.m. | Opening Remarks and Welcome

Karen Antman, MD
Boston University Medical Campus Provost, BUSM Dean


9:10-9:50 a.m. | Historical Talk on the Life and Times of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller

Headshot of Dr. BransonChantale Branson, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Morehouse Healthcare, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Neurology, BUSM


9:50-10:20 a.m.  | Honoring Dr. Fuller | Family Panel

headshot of dr. hendersonDavid C. Henderson, MD
Chair Department of Psychiatry, BUSM, Professor of Psychiatry, BUSM


10:20-11:10 a.m. | Keynote Talk | Diversity in AD Research Recruitment

Headshot of Dr. ByrdGoldie Smith Byrd, PhD
Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Professor, Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine

11:10-11:40 a.m. | Q&A panel for all morning sessions

11:40 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lunch Break

1-1:50 p.m. | Mini-sessions; Non-CME Programming; Open to the public

1 p.m. | History of BU ADRC | Interview with Valerie Nolen

 Headshot of Dr. BudsonAndrew Budson, MD
Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director for Research, BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology, BUSM

Headshot of Ms. NolanValerie Nolen, MPM, PC
Sr. Facilitator to the Dept. of Neurology for BU ADRC Community Action Council


1:15 p.m. | REC Research Focus

Headshot of Ms. Baird.Lola Baird, LICSW
Polytrauma/TBI Program Coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System


1:30 p.m.| BU ADRC Current Research Overview

Headshot of Ms. YoungRoyisha Young, MS
Recruitment Coordinator, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

1:50-2:40 p.m. | Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech: Clinical, Neuroimaging and Neuropathological Features of this Devastating Neurodegenerative Syndrome

Headshot of Dr. JosephsKeith Josephs, MD
Professor of Neurology, Professor of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic


2:40-3:30 p.m. | Scientific and Clinical Legacy of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller to Psychiatry

Headshot of Dr. Starks

Steven Starks, MD, FAPA
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Houston College of Medicine


3:30-3:45 p.m. | Break

3:45-4:45 p.m. | Afternoon Panel Discussion |Academic Promotion for Black People: Challenges and Opportunities

headshot of dr. hendersonDavid C. Henderson, MD
Chair Department of Psychiatry, BUSM, Professor of Psychiatry, BUSM


Headshot of Dr. JosephsKeith Josephs, MD
Professor of Neurology, Professor of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic


Headshot of Dr. Monteith Teshamae Monteith, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine


Headshot of Dr. StewartAltha J. Stewart, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement and Associate Professor, Psychiatry at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth in the Department of Psychiatry


4:45-5:15 p.m. | Q&A panel for all afternoon sessions

5:15-5:25 p.m. | Closing remarks

Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, BUSM

Target Audience

Physicians, psychologists and social workers in the fields of neurology and psychiatry, primary care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the psychiatric, neurological and neuropathological legacy of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller.
  • Discuss the diversity, equity and inclusion issues facing Black physicians in academic medicine in the past and now.
  • Identify ways to improve their own ability equitably detect, diagnose and treat Black patients suffering from cognitive disorders.
  • Identify the neuropathology of neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Identify the neurological features of neurodegenerative disorders.

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive and diverse in our facilities, programming and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability, require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact Samrana Bertrand at least three weeks prior to event to discuss your needs.