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Thomas Beach, MD, PhD

Director, Neuroscience at Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Location: Sun City, AZ United States

Thomas Beach is director of neuroscience at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) in Sun City, Arizona. He was trained in neuroscience and neuropathology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Beach has received multiple grants and awards from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s Association, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Additionally, he has served industry as a consultant and as a neuropathology core leader for several imaging-to-autopsy FDA-licensing clinical trials. His research is focused on elucidating early neuropathological stages and biomarkers of normal human aging, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. His studies center on the structural and neurochemical changes of the human central and peripheral nervous system, through autopsy, biopsy and neuroimaging.

Associated Grants

  • Assessing the Aggregation of Alpha-synuclein in the Gastrointestinal Tract


  • RT-QuIC Assay for Alpha-synuclein in Incidental Lewy Body Disease


  • Characterization of Astrocytes in Aging and Lewy Body Pathology


  • Transcutaneous Submandibular Gland Biopsy: A Diagnostic Test for Early Parkinson’s Disease


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