WASHINGTON, D.C.; AUGUST 8, 2012 – The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) announced today that Lisa Shulman, M.D., is the recipient of the Parkinson’s Action Network Researcher Advocacy Prize -- a $50,000 prize supported by a charitable contribution from UCB . Shulman is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She served as a Public Policy Fellow in the office of Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and served on the legislative and public policy committees for the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. She speaks often at patient conferences and co-authored the book “Parkinson’s Disease – A Complete Guide for Patients and Caregivers” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001, 2007).
The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) established this prize as part of an effort to recognize members of the scientific community for their advocacy and community outreach work.
“This prize is not about rewarding promising research, but rather commending scientific researchers for the important role they play in the fight for federal funding and policy support for the 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease,” said Parkinson’s Action Network  CEO Amy Comstock Rick. “In our advocacy work here in Washington, D.C., we’ve learned that researcher-advocates like Lisa bring a unique perspective and powerful voice to discussions with policymakers. We hope this prize encourages more researchers to begin or increase advocacy and community outreach efforts because, almost more than anyone else, they understand the critical role of NIH and other federal funding at their universities and institutions,” Rick added.
"PAN brings the scientific community and patients together so that both sides have a better understanding of one another -- and for many researchers, doing advocacy and outreach work is the first time they actually meet people with the disease they're researching," said Kevin Wilson, Director of Public Policy for the American Society for Cell Biology. "This prize is the most significant single effort I've ever seen in breaking down the silos and encouraging the scientific community to work with patient groups to educate around why research funding is so important," Wilson added.
The Parkinson’s Action Network Researcher Advocacy Prize will be presented at PAN’s annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2012.
About the Parkinson’s Action Network
The Parkinson’s Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and its powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. For more information about PAN, go to parkinsonsaction.org .
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