September 2011 Monthly Message

What Debt Ceiling Negotiations May Mean for Health Care in FY 2012 and Beyond – And Advocates' Critical Roles
PAN's Director of Government Relations, Becca O'Connor, provides an overview of the current debt ceiling talks and federal budget negotiations, and what it all means to the Parkinson's community.  Read more...

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, NIH's Dr. Story Landis Receive 2011 Udall Awards
At the Parkinson's Action Network's 2011 Udall Awards Dinner on September 14, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and NIH's Dr. Story Landis received the 2011 Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service. To read more and see video coverage from the awards dinner, click here.

PAN Louisiana State Coordinator Michelle Lane Receives 2011 Milly Award
Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000, Michelle Lane began working with PAN on its advocacy efforts in 2002, and is currently PAN's Louisiana State Coordinator.  To learn more about Michelle, and see video coverage from the awards dinner, click here.

PAN Co-Hosts Washington, DC Briefing for Patrick Kennedy's One Mind for Research
PAN co-hosted a briefing in Washington, DC to bring together patient advocacy groups, government officials, researchers, and others to learn more about Patrick Kennedy's One Mind for Research initiative.  Read more...

Ed Weidenfeld Joins the PAN Board of Directors
At its September Board of Directors meeting, the Parkinson's Action Network Board voted in Mr. Ed Weidenfeld as a new Board member.  Mr. Weidenfeld has practiced law in the Washington, D.C. area for over 40 years, and is currently a partner at The Weidenfeld Law Firm, P.C.  We are pleased to have him serve on our Board.

PAN CEO, Amy Comstock Rick, Discusses Stem Cell Research on BioCenturyTV
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick appeared on BioCentury TV in September 2011 talking about the future of embryonic stem cell research, in light of the dismissed court case and pending legislation in Congress.  Also featured in this episode of BioCenturyTV is Bob Klein, former chairman, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, who talks about why he supports funding for stem cell research.

Parkinson's App Available for Physicians
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) recently released The Parkinson Toolkit as an “App” available for download via iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and Android.  According to NPF, “The Parkinson's Toolkit is the authoritative clinical practice guide for treating Parkinson's disease. This application includes everything a physician needs to know about treating Parkinson's. It covers the key issues in clinical practice: planning, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and billing information. The Parkinson's Toolkit is the most reliable and easy-to-use source for clinicians who treat Parkinson's disease.”  To download the App, click here.

Parkinson's in the Media
View recent news articles regarding issues important to our community.