A Closer Look

PAN CEO Named to FasterCures Advisory Council

Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of PAN, has been named to FasterCures’ Benefit-Risk Advisory Council. FasterCures is a center of the Milken Institute with the goal of speeding up and improving the medical research system. Learn more.

Bill to Fund DoD Parkinson's Research Moving Forward in House

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense is taking up legislation this week that includes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s research program. The DoD Parkinson’s research program funds grants that go to researchers across the country to support initiatives that not only benefit our military and the nearly 80,000 veterans with Parkinson's disease, but also provide the broader Parkinson's community with information on how to better treat and prevent Parkinson's. Learn more.

PAN CEO Pens Editorial on Telehealth

Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of PAN, wrote an editorial for Health Affairs Blog about reducing policy barriers to telehealth for people with Parkinson’s. Learn more.

Congressional Committee Launches 21st Century Cures Initiative

PAN is closely following the progress of a new initiative by the House Energy and Commerce Committee called 21st Century Cures. Learn more.

PAN Supporter, Feinstein Institute, Profiled in New York Times

Kevin Tracey, M.D., president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, was profiled in a New York Times article on May 23 on his ground-breaking research making the connection between the nervous and immune systems. Learn more.

Ask Your Candidate! Initiative Releases Toolkit, Organizes Day of Action

A toolkit and action alert for Ask Your Candidate!, an initiative of Research!America and various partners including PAN, are now available online. Learn more.

Act Now: Urge Congress to Support DoD Parkinson's Research

Join the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) in our efforts to secure at least $16 million in funding for a critical Parkinson's research program at the Department of Defense (DoD) in Fiscal Year 2015! Learn more.

Congress Moves Forward with FY 2015 Appropriations; PAN Submits Testimony on NIH Funding

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun work on their respective Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills. Most of the drama typically associated with appropriations season is absent this year because top-line spending limits have already been set by the budget agreement passed by Congress in December 2013. Committee leaders have given direction to the subcommittees to start drafting the 12 annual appropriations bills in the form of 302(b) allocations, which provide guidance for how federal spending should be distributed among various agencies and departments. Learn more.

New Telemedicine Literature Review Released

The Alliance for Connected Care held two Hill briefings this week to announce the release of a new literature review titled, The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management. The literature review looked at published literature on telemedicine management of three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Learn more.

PAN Staff Attend Health Conferences and Events

Over the last two weeks, several PAN staff were at Parkinson’s and other health conferences and events around the country. Learn more.