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Cerise Elliott
Title: Program Director
Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
Phone Number: 301-496-9350
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Dr. Cerise Elliott is currently a Program Director for the Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch of the Division of Neuroscience (DN) at the NIA. She has been a member of the DN staff since January 2008, creating evaluation and management systems for nine research portfolios. She coordinates health disparities research for Alzheimer’s disease and leads the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers program. 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 B.S. in Chemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Nebraska Medical Center also in Omaha, NE. 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.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Alzheimer's disease Health Disparities
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers program