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Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD)

talaTom Ala, MD
Interim Chair, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Appointments:  217-545-8417
Administrative Office:  217-545-7197
E-mail: tala@siumed.edu

 

Specialization:  Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

 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.

 Education and Training

1985-1987:
 
Research Fellow, Alzheimer's Treatment and Research Center, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN.
1982-1985:
 
Neurology residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
1981-1982:
 
Flexible internship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.
1978-1981:
 
MD degree, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
1966-1970:
 
BS degree in Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.

Biography

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.

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