Steph Whiteside

Steph Whiteside is a health and environment reporter with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV. In her free time, she likes to knit and try to relive the ‘90s through music.

 

Alzheimer's disease affects more than five million Americans, but the disease is still a mystery to scientists and doctors. There’s no cure. But some patients and caregivers hope to change that by joining clinical trials for new drugs. 

At the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dr. Tom Ala is part of a clinical trial for a drug that holds promise in slowing Alzheimer’s. It's a nationwide trial involving hundreds of patients.