September 2012 Monthly Message

Investment in Neuroscience is Deficit-Reduction Plan To Consider, says Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy is co-founder of One Mind for Research, a newly formed national coalition seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain that afflict one in every three Americans.  In this interview, Kennedy discusses his vision for the future of neuroscience investment, and how the race to “inner space” can galvanize the nation and reduce the deficit.  Click here to read more.

The 112th Congress:  Where are we?
Congress came back to Washington after August recess and voted on a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded through March 2013.  What does this mean for the Parkinson’s community?  And, will sequestration harm current Parkinson’s research?  Click here to read the full article.

Join PAN on October 3 for the 2012 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
Celebrate the Parkinson’s community at the Parkinson’s Action Network’s Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner on October 3!  Colonel Karl Friedl, Ph.D. is the recipient of the Morris K Udall Award for Public Service.  Michael Church and Gretchen Garie-Church are the recipients of the Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy.  The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is our special program guest.  It’s an exciting night in Washington, and proceeds from the dinner directly support the work of the Parkinson’s Action Network.  Click here to learn more, become a sponsor, or buy tickets to the dinner!

Meet Sarah King, PAN’s State Director – Southern California
“Start by participating in whatever way is most comfortable to you and employs your skills.  Maybe you’re intimidated by the idea of working with the media or meeting with your representatives, but you love to plan events.  Start out doing something you know you’ll enjoy, and work toward developing those other skills.  Reach out to other advocates for advice — it’s all about pooling knowledge and helping each other.”  Great advice from PAN California State Director Sarah King about becoming an advocate!  Read more of our interview with Sarah about her advocacy work here.

NCATS Names New Director and Appoints Todd Sherer to Advisory Council
The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) appointed Christopher P. Austin, M.D. as its Director.  PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick served on the search committee to fill this position.  The NIH also named Todd Sherer, Ph.D., CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to the NCATS Advisory Council

PAN CEO Appointed to NINDS Advisory Council
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick was welcomed to the National Neurological Disorders and Stroke Advisory Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Read NIH’s press release here.

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.  Click here for more details!

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