February 2012 Monthly Message

GET INFORMED:  Learn How Much Parkinson’s Research is Being Federally Funded in Your State!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a free, easy-to-use online service to look up and track what biomedical research dollars are being invested by NIH in your state.  The latest numbers were just released, and this valuable tool can help educate the Parkinson’s community on the importance of federal research funding.  For the full article, click here.

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Includes Funding for NCATS and CAN, Despite Level Funding for NIH Overall
PAN’s Director of Government Relations, Becca O’Connor, gives an overview of what’s important to the Parkinson’s community when it comes to the President’s recently released FY 2013 budget.  Read Becca’s insights into what the budget holds for NIH Funding, the Food and Drug Administration, and other Parkinson’s-related research programs.  For the full article, click here.

Steering a New Course for Stem Cell Research:  NIH’s Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins pens a thoughtful, thorough piece about NIH’s Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine.  Highlights include discussions of past and current obstacles to stem cell therapy, how this Center will interact with the Food and Drug Administration, and how current research might be moving toward the therapeutic mainstream.  To read the full article, click here.  This article is part of a series of “Perspectives” pieces Dr. Collins pens, all of which can be found on the NIH website.

Want to Learn More about the Parkinson’s Action Network’s Role in the Parkinson’s Community?
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick appeared on Comcast Newsmakers this month to talk about the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease, why federal support for the Parkinson’s community is critical, and the important role PAN advocates play in securing federal funding and support.  To watch this short, informative interview segment, click here!

Save the Date:  2012 Udall Awards Dinner
Join the Parkinson’s Action Network on October 3, 2012 for the Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner.  The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is special program guest.  Dinner Co-Chairs are Diane and John Rehm and Morton Kondracke.  Honorary Dinner Chair is Michael J. Fox.  It’s an exciting night in Washington, and proceeds from the dinner support the work of the Parkinson’s Action Network.  Click here to learn more, become a sponsor, or buy tickets to the dinner!

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