Thomas A. Ala | Neuroscience Research Center | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Neuroscience Research Center

Thomas A. Ala


Office location:
Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders
Department of Neurology 
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
751 N Rutledge Street
Room 3100 Springfield
Illinois 62702

Office: (217) 545-7881
Fax: (217) 545-1903

Educational Background:

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.

Current project:

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.