May 2011 Monthly Message
- Raising Awareness One Step at a Time: Vera Ramacitti Goes the Extra Mile 
- Looking Ahead to the FY2012 Federal Budget 
- Dave Moore of the Association of American Medical Colleges is Featured on Comcast Newsmakers 
- SAVE THE DATE - 2011 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner 
- Parkinson's in the Media 
The federal budget debate for FY 2012 is in full swing, and PAN is monitoring events to ensure funding for biomedical research is top-of-mind in the discussions on Capitol Hill.
As you know, the final FY 2011 Continuing Resolution signed April 15th by President Obama
included $30.7 billion for NIH – a 1% ($320 million) reduction from FY 2010, including a 0.2% across-the-board cut.
Looking ahead to the FY 2012 budget process, the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee held a hearing on May 11th at which NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins testified regarding the NIH budget.
With regard to the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget includes up to $100 million for CAN, and PAN led the circulation and submission of group sign-on letters to both the House and Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittees with 69 organizational signatures to support the $100 million ask. Special thanks to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) who put in the official request for CAN funding so that it can be included in the overall budget discussions.
Finally, House chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) requested $25 million for the FY 2012 funding of the Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Research (NETPR) program. As you may recall, the program was funded with $20 million in the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution, and we’re hopeful the program will be funded at $25 million in FY 2012.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the budget negotiations continue. Keep an eye out for PAN’s Action Alerts as the funding bills work their way through the system. We will need to make sure our voices are heard at each step of the process.