March 2012 Monthly Message

Meet PAN's Government Relations Team
The Parkinson's Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson's community on numerous public policy issues affecting the Parkinson's community.  Though PAN relies on its extensive grassroots network across the country to educate our nation's elected officials on Parkinson's issues, PAN's government relations team in its DC office helps pave the way.  To learn more about the organization's federal outreach strategy, and to meet the team members who make it all happen, click here.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
Members of the Parkinson's community across the country honor April as Parkinson's Awareness Month.  There are many ways to commemorate this special occasion, and the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) has created a toolkit of ideas you can explore in your local community!

PAN Showcases Postdoctoral Investigators in Impressive Poster Session
PAN hosted its inaugural Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session in Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 27, featuring the Parkinson's research work of 17 young investigators from across the country.  Click here to learn more about their work, and see photos from the event.

Louisiana's Sister Mary Daniel and Illinois' Roger Halleen Receive Advocacy Awards
The Parkinson's Action Network bestowed two of its prestigious advocacy awards at the Samuelson Reception and Scientific Poster Session on February 27 in Washington, D.C.  To read about Sister Mary's and Roger's work, click here!

Support PAN's Work, and Honor a Loved One!
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, and in honor of this special occasion, the Parkinson's Action Network is excited to present its annual online Tulip Garden.  Click here to celebrate, honor, and remember family and loved ones who have been touched by Parkinson's disease.

Save the Date:  2012 Udall Awards Dinner
Join the Parkinson's Action Network on October 3, 2012 for the Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner.  Congratulate Florida's Michael Church and Gretchen Garie-Church on their Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy!  The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is special program guest. Dinner Co-Chairs are Diane and John Rehm and Morton Kondracke.  Honorary Dinner Chair is Michael J. Fox.  It's an exciting night in Washington, and proceeds from the dinner support the work of the Parkinson's Action Network.  Click here to learn more, become a sponsor, place a tribute message in the program book, or buy tickets to the dinner!

Save the Date:  2013 PAN Forum
The Parkinson's Action Network will hold its open-to-the-public 2013 Research and Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., on February 25 – 27, 2013.  Watch your email inbox for details in the coming months!

Medtronic Recruiting Global Heroes
PAN supporter Medtronic, Inc. is recruiting runners from around the world who benefit from medical technology to participate in the seventh annual Medtronic Global Heroes program.  Up to 25 runners will be selected to receive a paid entry for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and a travel package that includes airfare and accommodations for the Global Hero and guest.  To apply or recommend someone to be a 2012 Medtronic Global Hero, visit  The deadline is April 27, 2012.

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