Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

AlaPhotoTom Ala, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
Interim Medical Director, Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Specializing in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

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Tom Ala, MD is Interim Director and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology with the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Department of Neurology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois.  For 12 years prior to coming to SIU, Dr. Ala was the lead physician for the Memory Disorder Clinic at Regions Hospital, part of the University of Minnesota system, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Ala maintains a clinical practice in memory disorders at SIU and is involved in clinical and neuropathological research in Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, and other dementing illnesses.  He has authored publications on these topics and is an active member of several professional organizations.

Research Interests:

  • Caregiving issues in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Clinical and neuropathological research in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, and other dementing illnesses.
  • Clinical evaluation of new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease, etc.

Upcoming Events

20th Annual Memory Loss Conference

Friday, November 13
for professionals

Saturday, November 14
for the general public

Hope Church
3000 Lenhart Road
Springfield, IL 62711

Hope Church is on the West side of Springfield, located on the corner of Bunker Hill Road and Lenhart Road, directly across from Centennial Park.




Healthy Brain Aging

NIA booklet: Preventing Alzheimer's Disease: What Do We Know?"

Brain Health Manifesto
by Ron Zec, PhD

"Staying Sharp"  publications from Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

ASPECTS article on

by Deborah Allen