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March 14, 2011

SIU Med School Sponsors Parkinson Disease Educational Forum

Parkinson disease is the topic of a public educational forum to be presented in April by the Center for Parkinson Disease at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  It will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, in the Wedeberg Conference Center at Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. Miller St., Springfield.

The forum will provide general information about the disease as well as information on services available through SIU’s center, which is a program of the medical school’s neurology department and SIU HealthCare.

The sessions begin at 9 a.m. with “What is Parkinson Disease and How Can It Impact One’s Life?” by Dr. Rodger J. Elble, Ph.D., professor and department chair of neurology and director of the Center for Parkinson Disease at SIU.  The remaining sessions are “Drug Studies” by Dolly Kelley, neurology research coordinator at SIU; “Depression, Sleep Disorders and Medications to Avoid Parkinson Disease,” by Dr. Rita Tranquilli, neurologist, movement disorders specialist and psychiatrist at Alliance Clinical Associates in Wheaton, Ill.; and “Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery” by Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens, professor and division chair of neurosurgery at SIU.

The forum is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.  Parking is available in the visitor lots located east and south of the hospital’s main entrance.

Seating is limited.  Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Leslie Randolph, SIU’s Center for Parkinson Disease, at 217-545-7181 weekdays or

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