A Closer Look

Dr. Story Landis Announces Retirement

Last week, Story Landis, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced her retirement. NINDS deputy director, Walter Koroshetz, M.D., will serve as Acting Director following Dr. Landis’ departure and while a national search is conducted for her replacement. Learn more.

Diane Rehm Discusses 2014 Udall Awards Dinner on Comcast

NPR Host Diane Rehm recently discussed the 2014 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner on Comcast Newsmakers. Diane serves as the co-chair of the dinner, which will take place Wednesday, October 1 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC. Learn more.

NIH Creates Challenge to Track Basic Science to Medical Advances

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, is reaching out to the broader research community to ask for NIGMS-supported basic science that has led to medical advances. Learn more.

Senate Parkinson's Caucus Co-chairs Send Letter on NINDS Recommendations

The Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO), sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on July 31 regarding the 31 Parkinson’s research recommendations adopted by the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in January. Learn more.

August Recess Materials Updated!

Last month, we reached out to you with our August Recess Toolkit to help you engage with your Members of Congress on the issue of telehealth while they are home. Today, we wanted to let you know that we've updated our materials to reflect a new bill that PAN has supported - the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 5380). Learn more.

New Report on Caregiving and Technology Released

The National Alliance for Caregiving has released a new report on the use of mobile, online, and in-home technology in family caregiving. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, was developed based on an April 2014 roundtable meeting featuring experts from the government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates, and researchers. Learn more.

PAN Webinar: Nonprofit Volunteer's Guide to Engaging Candidates

Before the votes are tallied in November, join the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) and Nonprofit VOTE for "Nonprofit Volunteer's Guide to Engaging Candidates" – a free webinar on August 13 at 2 p.m. EDT. Learn more.

House Small Business Subcommittee Holds Telemedicine Hearing

On July 31, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing titled, “Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices?” to examine the use of telemedicine, or telehealth, and its possibilities for small medical practices. Learn more.

PAN Signs Letter in Support of People with Chronic Conditions in Health Care Exchanges

On July 28, PAN joined with more than 300 patient groups in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Learn more.

Funding Process Stalls Before Recess

Despite optimism in both chambers at the beginning of the summer session, the federal budget process has stalled in the weeks leading up to Congress’s August recess. Learn more.