Matthew McCoyd, MD, 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.