Dr. Hascup at work in the lab

Alzheimer's Center


For better quality of life

Around the world, more than 50 million individuals are living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's more deadly than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

While the researchers at the Dale and Debra Smith Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment investigate new and better ways to prevent, slow and cure dementia-related diseases, our team is caring for and supporting patients and their families through free, therapeutic, evidence-based programming to improve quality of life.


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SIU Drs team

Announcing our new name

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Gift offers renewed hope

A major gift to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will transform the health care of people throughout Illinois and beyond. Dale and Deborah Smith recently donated a substantial financial gift to the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at SIU Medicine to expand research, enhance programming and improve care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and assist their caregivers.

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A disease without a cure

Alzheimer's disease impacts families everywhere. Here at SIU Medicine, the newly renamed Dale and Deborah Smith Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment is trying to find ways to slow the progression of the disease. Learn more about our research and programs related to Alzheimer's in this Medicine Minute with Erin Hascup, PhD, director of the center.

Medicine Minute | Erin Hascup

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Hascup named director of Alzheimer's center

Erin Hascup, PhD, has been named as the new director of the SIU Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) beginning January 1, 2020. Tom Ala, MD, was serving as the interim director

Center for Alzheimer’s Disease ‘Steps Up’ in Spite of Budget Woes

Written by Lauren Murphy | Photos by Jason Johnson Published in Aspects magazine, Autumn 2017 (40-4) As American lifespans increase due to progress on other medical frontiers, the toll from Alzheimer

Clinical Trials to Test New Alzheimer's Treatments

Center seeks patients, care partners to advance therapies