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Loyola Experts to Discuss Parkinson’s Disease at Wheaton’s Studio Movie Grill

WHAT:  Matthew McCoyd, MD, a neurologist at Loyola University Health System, and Michael Gill, MD, PhD, medical director of the Loyola Center for Health in Wheaton, will answer questions about Parkinson’s disease following a showing of the movie “Awakenings” at the Wheaton Studio Movie Grill.

“Awakenings” is the emotional story of a group of patients who were infected in an encephalitis epidemic. For decades the illness leaves them unable to respond to the world around them until a physician discovers a chemical to help awaken them from their catatonic state.

"Although the movie is about a complication of encephalitis, we use this as a platform to talk about a more common disease process, Parkinson's disease, which affects thousands of Americans and is treated using a similar class of medicines used in the movie," Gill said.

Loyola University Health System and Studio Movie Grill Wheaton have partnered to offer a special monthly film series. On the first Thursday of each month admission is free to a Studio Movie Grill screening of a movie with a health topic. Loyola University Health System provides a panel of experts to answer questions following the film.

WHEN:  6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7

WHERE:  Studio Movie Grill Wheaton, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, Ill. 60189

MEDIA:    For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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