The 2013 PAN Forum - Exciting Speakers and Information Sessions

Learn More About Parkinson's Advocacy at the PAN Forum

"At the PAN Forum, you see the big picture and the community you are part of.  You hear presentations from speakers you would never normally hear from or have access to.   And maybe most importantly to people who are new to advocacy, PAN takes all the 'scary' out of meeting with legislators.  All we have to do is show up and tell our story – talk about easy!  And, it's so moving.  You will connect personally and build relationships with others in the Parkinson's community.  You will hear success stories about what worked and what didn't in raising awareness, meetings on the Hill, or phone calls to Members of Congress.  Most of all -- you will be changed forever."
-- Robin Katsaros, PAN California Assistant State Director

The 2013 PAN Forum is just over two months away and, if you haven’t registered yet, we hope you’ll do so soon!  We’ve planned a well-rounded, informative speaker and panel discussion line-up that both new and seasoned advocates will learn from and enjoy.

Every other year, the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) hosts the PAN Forum, a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., bringing together the Parkinson’s community from across the nation – people with Parkinson’s and their family members and friends, caregivers, Parkinson’s disease researchers, doctors, and others. 

Here’s a little taste of what’s in store for PAN Forum attendees in 2013:

  • A motivating speech from Davis Phinney, former professional cyclist living with Parkinson’s;
  • Advocacy training and time to meet other advocates from across the country, and share ideas for how to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease;
  • Exciting presentations and panel discussions about the latest work in telemedicine, the drug-development pipeline, and how the national Parkinson’s disease organizations support you;
  • Meeting with your Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to tell them why Parkinson’s disease research funding is so important to you;
  • Parkinson’s disease researchers presenting their latest work and available for one-on-one conversation at a cocktail reception;
  • Keynote address from Christopher P. Austin, M.D. (director of the newly formed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health) who will talk about how translational research will get us closer to a cure; and
  • The chance to become part of a supportive, exciting community that works together for a common purpose.

A limited number of scholarships are still available for those who need help with travel and registration expenses.  If you can’t attend, but know someone who would be interested, please feel free to forward this email to them!

The PAN Forum
February 25 – 27, 2013
The Washington Plaza Hotel
Washington, D.C.

We hope to see you at the 2013 PAN Forum!  Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions about the event.  You can reach out to Elizabeth Kwasnik at ekwasnik@parkinsonsaction.org or call her at 1-800-850-4726.

If you’re ready to register, click here:  2013 PAN Forum Registration

NOTE:  If you’ve already registered for the Forum, thank you!  We can’t wait to see you.  If you’ve applied for a scholarship, please know we’ll be notifying you about your scholarship status, on a rolling basis, by January 18.

"The Parkinson’s Action Network makes it easy for me to communicate with my Members of Congress about living with this disease."
-- Michelle Lane, PAN Louisiana State Director