Thomas A. Ala
Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders
Department of Neurology
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
751 N Rutledge Street
Room 3100 Springfield
Office: (217) 545-7881
Fax: (217) 545-1903
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.
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.
Recent Publications :
Ala TA, Hughes LF, Kyrouac GA, Ghobrial MW, Elble RJ. The Mini-Mental State exam may help in the differentiation of dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. Int J Ger Psychiatry. 2002;17:503-509.
Ala TA, Hughes LF, Kyrouac GA, Ghobrial MW, Elble RJ. Pentagon copying is more impaired in dementia with Lewy bodies than in Alzheimer's disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001;70:483-488.
Ala TA, Yang K-H, Sung JH, Frey WH II. Inconsistency between severe substantia nigra degeneration with Lewy bodies and clinical parkinsonism in dementia patients. Acta Neuropathol (Berl). 2000;99:511-516.