October 2012 Monthly Message

Colonel Karl Friedl Honored with 2012 Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service 
At its annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner, the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) honored Colonel Karl E. Friedl, Ph.D. with the 2012 Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service.  Colonel Friedl is the Director of the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), where he oversees the Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Research (NETPR) program.  NETPR is the only Parkinson's-specific federal granting program, investing more than $340 million in Parkinson's research since its inception in 1997.  Click here to read more.

Michael and Gretchen Church Receive 2012 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy
At its annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner, the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) honored Michael Church and Gretchen Garie-Church with the 2012 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy.  Michael and Gretchen are PAN's Florida State Directors and reside in Naples.  Diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's – Michael at age 32 (in 1995) and Gretchen at age 33 (in 2000) – they have been PAN advocates since 2003.  Click here to read the full article.

Environment, Genetics Together Likely Contribute to Parkinson's Onset:  PAN Hosts Briefing on Capitol Hill
Educating Members of Congress and their staff on issues important to the Parkinson's community is a core principle of PAN's advocacy work in Washington, D.C.  On October 11, PAN hosted a briefing for congressional staff to learn more about some of the latest findings in current research being federally funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.  To read more, click here.

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) Remembered Fondly
The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) mourns the loss of former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, and is thankful for his longstanding dedication to biomedical research funding.  A Senate champion for NIH, Specter was instrumental in doubling the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget between FY 1998 – 2003.  More...

PAN Mourns the Loss of Longtime Texas Parkinson's Advocate Joe Brown (1935 – 2012)
The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) mourns the loss of longtime Parkinson's advocate Joe Brown, who passed away on October 10, 2012.  Joe's positive attitude and perseverance helped shape his always-outstanding advocacy work.  Along with his wife, Nina, Joe received PAN's 2004 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy.  More...

PAN Announces New Grassroots Advisory Board
The true power of PAN comes through its nationwide grassroots network of thousands of advocates who ensure the voice of the Parkinson's disease community is heard loud and clear on issues that affect them.  Integral to PAN's structure is our newly formed Grassroots Advisory Board, a group of 10 grassroots leaders who participate in various aspects of PAN's decision making and provide critical feedback about the evolving needs of the Parkinson's community.  Click here to see who is on this new Advisory Board for PAN.

Where Do Your Candidates Stand on Biomedical Research Funding?
Despite the fact that Americans consistently describe medical, health, and scientific research as important to them, just eight percent say they are very well informed about their elected officials' positions on these issues.  Research!America, a national, pro-research organization with which PAN works closely, sponsors a voter education initiative, Your Candidates – Your Health, that gets candidates on the record with their views on health and biomedical research.  Asking candidates to complete this survey serves as a reminder that biomedical research is an issue that matters to our community.  Click here to reach out to candidates (incumbents as well as challengers) in your state and district and ask them to complete the survey.  If your candidates have already completed the survey, you can thank them for doing so which, again, emphasizes to them the importance of health and biomedical research to you, as a voter.

Save the Date:  2013 PAN Forum
The Parkinson's Action Network will hold its open-to-the-public 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 apply for a scholarship to attend the Forum, or to learn more about this educational advocacy event!

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