January 2013 Monthly Message

2013 and the 113th Congress
2012 ended in a rush of negotiations around the "fiscal cliff" and in the early days of 2013, the lame-duck 112th Congress approved H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  The fiscal cliff deal only temporarily postponed the across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, by two months.  It is hugely disappointing that sequestration decisions were pushed to early March, continuing the very real threat of serious cuts to biomedical research.  This underscores the importance of PAN's advocacy work in 2013.  Click here to read more.

PAN Mourns the Passing of Dr. William Weiner
The Parkinson's Action Network mourns the loss of Dr. William Weiner, Chairman of Neurology at the University of Maryland and Director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.  He passed away December 29, 2012.  Dr. Weiner's wife is Dr. Lisa Shulman, Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.  Click here to read more.

Come to Washington for the 2013 PAN Forum!
The Parkinson's Action Network will hold its 2013 PAN Forum in Washington, D.C., February 25 – 27, 2013.  Informative panels, research updates, policy initiatives, and Capitol Hill visits await Forum attendees.  Click here to learn more about this educational advocacy event!

VIDEO:  PAN CEO Talks About Advocacy, Sequestration, and the PAN Forum
Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of the Parkinson's Action Network, appears on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about advocacy, the current federal budget situation as it relates to funding for biomedical research, and how people can get involved and have their voice be heard through The PAN Forum.  Click here to watch!

Show Support for Veterans with Parkinson's
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a proposed rule to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses -- including parkinsonism, dementia, and depression -- linked to traumatic brain injury.  Comments are due February 8 – click here to read more about how you can help!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Parkinson's Call-in Day on February 27!
On Wednesday, February 27, hundreds of Parkinson's advocates will be on Capitol Hill, meeting with their Members of Congress to fight for federal funding for Parkinson's disease research.  You can offer your support by phone!  Mark your calendar for February 27 for a national call-in day to support biomedical research funding -- watch your email inbox for more information soon!

Karl Friedl Joins PAN Board of Directors
Colonel Karl Friedl (Ret.), former Director of the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), has joined the board of directors of the Parkinson's Action Network.  As TATRC Director, Friedl oversaw the Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Research program, which examines how best to protect military personnel from toxic substances, head injury, and other possible contributors to Parkinson's disease.  Click here to read more.

Parkinson's in the Media
A round-up of some recent news articles of interest to the Parkinson's community.  Click here.