A Closer Look

PAN Supports the ABLE Act

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) have introduced legislation to make it easier for people with disabilities, including Parkinson’s-related disabilities, to save for long-term care and quality of life expenses. More »

Research!America Launches "Ask Your Candidate" Campaign

Based on new polling data that shows Americans do not know if their elected officials support medical innovation and research, Research!America and partners, including PAN, have formed a new campaign to encourage congressional candidates to share their positions on these issues. More »

Join PAN in Honoring the Unsung Heroes

In addition to this being Parkinson's Awareness Month, April 6 - 12 is National Volunteer Week. The PAN staff and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is active with PAN, but especially our 154 grassroots leaders around the country. These volunteers, many of whom work multiple hours each week raising awareness of PAN and Parkinson's policy issues, aided PAN in achieving the successes that we had in 2013. More »

Over 50 Signatures Collected in Support of DoD Parkinson's research

Thanks to your outreach, over 50 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives signed onto a letter requesting $16 million for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson's Research program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. That's over 10 percent of the entire body of the House and a stunning show of support in a tough fiscal year for a program that means so much to our military and the broader Parkinson's community. More »

California Parkinson's Advocacy Summit

On Saturday, March 29, the California leadership team of PAN held the California Parkinson’s Advocacy Summit, which brought together people living with Parkinson’s, local organizations, researchers, and clinicians to discuss opportunities to engage in advocacy within the state of California. More »

NIH Opens the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a symposium and dedication ceremony on Monday, March 31 for the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, which brings neuroscientists from 10 institutes and centers across the NIH to a new facility meant to spur collaboration among neuroscientists and bring on new research innovations. More »

App Challenge Launched to Build Researcher Partnerships

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and Health 2.0 launched a new app challenge to encourage the creation of mobile or web-based tools that connect researchers with patients and other health care professionals. More »

Why does the Tulip Represent People with Parkinson's Disease?

Did you know that the tulip became the international symbol of Parkinson’s disease in 1980 when a horticulturalist honored Dr. James Parkinson by naming a tulip after him? More »

Senate Declares April Parkinson's Awareness Month

The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) would like to thank the U.S. Senate for declaring April Parkinson's Awareness Month. By doing so, our elected officials have helped us bring more awareness to a disease that affects between 500,000 and 1.5 million people and helps PAN and our grassroots leaders work toward advocating for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease. More »

Therapy Caps Exceptions Process Extended

We are disappointed to tell you that yesterday Congress failed to take the opportunity to permanently repeal the Medicare therapy caps. However, therapy services will continue to be available because Congress did pass legislation that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for one year – until March 31, 2015. More »