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Message from the Director

CADRD Services

CADRD History and Funding

 ASPECTS article on SIU Center for Alzheimer's Disease

Message from the Director

Dr. Tom AlaWelcome to our website. 

Consistent with the mission of SIU School of Medicine, we are dedicated to assisting patients and families who may be affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions through patient care in our Memory and Aging Clinic, education, research, and service to the community.  Consistent with Illinois Public Act 90-0404 (Sec. 4.) that has established us as one of three State Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Centers, we sponsor a Memory & Aging Network (formerly called our Primary Provider Program) to extend our reach to 35 sites in predominantly rural Illinois.  Additionally we provide training in dementia care, maintain centralized data collection, and sponsor programs of research that qualify for federal financial participation. 

The links (tabs) that you see on this page will take you to additional pages that explain the various features of our program.  Please feel free to contact any of us if you wish additional information, if you have questions, or if you have recommendations for us to improve our service.

Thank you for the visit.


Tom Ala, Interim Director


CADRD Services

Memory and Aging Clinic

Located on the SIU School of Medicine campus in Springfield, the Memory and Aging Clinic provides complete memory and cognitive assessment, treatment, education, referral and counseling services to patients and their families.  Both self-referred and physician-referred patients are welcomed.

Click here for Memory and Aging Clinic page 

Memory and Aging Network

The network is comprised a variety of community-based providers throughout the 93 county CADRD service area.  Network providers work closely with SIU School of Medicine faculty and staff and are specifically trained to evaluate individuals with memory or other cognitive complaints according to a standard protocol. In addition, Network providers may provide counseling, referral services, and education to individuals, the community and healthcare professionals.  Patients and families may be referred for available research programs, if they wish.

Click here for Memory and Aging Network contact Information

Map of SIU CADRD service area and Memory & Aging Network locations


CADRD conducts and supports scientific and psychosocial research, including multi-center clinical drug trials, the brain autopsy program, neuropsychological research, and basic science research.  CADRD researchers collaborate with many other researchers, including those in other departments on the School of Medicine campus and those affiliated with other institutions, like SIU Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois.

Click here for Research page

Educational Programs

CADRD sponsors educational events and services for clinicians, health care professionals, patients and family members throughout the year.  Our major events include our annual conferences on Alzheimer’s Disease Risk and Protective Factors and Early Interventions, held each spring; Alzheimer’s Awareness Family Caregiver Conference, held in November; and Synchronizing Science and Support: Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, also held in November.

Click here for Education Programs page

Service to the Community

CADRD is an active participant in many community programs, including those sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the School of Medicine.  Likewise, many of the Memory and Aging Network sites are active in their own local communities.

CADRD History and Funding

The 84th General Assembly of the State of Illinois passed legislation in 1985-86 to establish a program for research, clinical management and education in the field of Alzheimer disease (AD) and related disorders.  This legislation provided the initial funding for regional Alzheimer disease assistance centers.  Through a process of competitive applications, the SIU School of Medicine CADRD was awarded the downstate center in 1987.  CADRD is one of three state-funded centers in Illinois and serves 93 downstate counties.  CADRD also accepts private donations. 

Note:  Cook County and the eight collar counties are served by Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center at Northwestern University.

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Healthy Brain Aging

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7th Annual Scientific Conference on Healthy Brain Aging:
Alzheimer's Disease Risk & Protective Factors
James T. Dove, MD Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute
Springfield, IL
Healthy Brain Aging Brochure
Online Registration
Healthy Brain Aging-Display Packet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Healthy Brain Aging - A Community Education Program
James T. Dove, MD Conference Center
Prairie Heart Institute
Springfield, IL
Healthy Brain Aging Flyer

Memory Loss Conference 2014

Friday, Nov 21, 2014
for professionals

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
for family care partners, general public

Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL