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|PAN Endorses Sen. Specter's Cures Amendment
||12/14/2009 - The Parkinsons Action Network (PAN) today endorsed the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Act of 2009, introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) as an amendment to the health reform bill in the Senate. Sen. Specters amendment (SA 2866) puts a renewed focus on research and development in the health debate. Sen. Specter is Senate Co-Chair of the Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinsons Disease.
|Contact your Senators and urge them to support vital health care amendment!
||12/9/2009 - The health care debate is moving fast in the U.S. Senate, and members of the Parkinson's community can effect change for millions of Americans. Currently, neurology is not listed as a specialty eligible for primary care incentives in section 5501 of the Senate Health Reform Bill, even though family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and geriatrics are included. This will mean that neurologists are the only physicians who regularly manage and coordinate care who are not eligible for the bonus.
|PAN Celebrates NIH Approval of Embryonic Stem Cell Lines
||12/2/2009 - The Parkinsons Action Network (PAN) celebrates the National Institutes of Healths (NIH) approval of 13 embryonic stem cell lines available for research. These stem cell lines will be available for federal funding under the guidelines finalized by NIH this summer, paving the way for cutting-edge research into better treatments and a cure for Parkinsons and many other diseases.
|Save the Date -- PAN Forum -- Feb. 17, 2010
||12/2/2009 - The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) is pleased to present the 16th Annual Research & Public Policy Forum, a day of education and advocacy, on February 17, 2010.
The PAN Forum will take place by virtual webcast, available online across the country. Participants will learn about the current legislative issues impacting the Parkinson's community and how to advocate for better treatments and a cure by communicating with elected officials and influencing change in Washington, DC.
|November Policy Focus
||11/3/2009 - October saw a major victory for the Parkinson's community as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that Parkinson's disease will receive a presumption of service connection for disabled Vietnam veterans living with Parkinson's disease. Other updates on the Parkinson's disease registry bill, NIH and FDA funding, and Defense Parkinson's research are included in this month's Policy Focus.
|November 2009 E-Newsletter!
Read PAN's November 2009 E-Newsletter, right here on the PAN Web site!
|Stem Cell Lawsuit Dismissal
||10/28/2009 - Yesterday, October 27, Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed Sherely v. Sebelius for lack of standing. This is a case in which an embryo-adoption agency and the Christian Medical Association sued the Federal government to block new National Institutes of Health guidelines for stem cell research.
|PAN Honors Three Members of the Parkinson's Disease Community
||10/21/2009 - The 16th Annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner, held October 20, 2009 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, honored three of the brightest stars in the Parkinson's disease community.
|VA Secretary Supports Veterans with PD Exposed to Agent Orange
||10/13/2009 - Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, established that Parkinson's disease will receive a presumption of service connection for disabled Vietnam veterans living with Parkinson's disease. Based on a July 2009 report by the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), this decision simplifies and accelerates the benefits application process for Vietnam veterans with Parkinson's disease who were exposed to Agent Orange.
|Senate Bill Supporting Vietnam Veterans with PD Introduced
||10/6/2009 - Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT), who sits on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, introduced S.1752 on October 5, 2009, which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide wartime disability compensation for certain veterans with Parkinsons disease.
|PAN Applauds President's Announcement of Research Funding
||9/30/2009 - $5 billion in grant awards from stimulus used to push science forward
WASHINGTONThe Parkinsons Action Network (PAN) celebrates President Obamas continued commitment to scientific research with todays announcement of $5 billion in grant awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These grants, awarded since September 1 using money from the economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year, promise to push innovative science forward with new translational, clinical, and basic research.
|PAN Mourns Loss of former Oklahoma Gov. Bellmon
||9/30/2009 - The Parkinsons Action Network (PAN) mourns the loss of former Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon. Bellmon passed away on September 29, 2009, after fighting Parkinsons disease for many years.
|Share a Day of Education and Advocacy with Parkinson's Advocates Across the Country
||9/25/2009 - Registration is now open for the Parkinsons Action Networks (PAN) 16th Annual Research & Public Policy Forum. The Forum, being held February 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, will, for the first time, be held entirely online via a live Webcast that can be viewed on your personal computer with speakers. Forum participants will learn about the current legislative issues impacting the Parkinsons community and how to advocate for better treatments and a cure by communicating with elected officials and influencing change in Washington, DC.
||9/23/2009 - Congress is currently crafting legislation to overhaul the nations health care system. PAN is closely monitoring these proposals and is continuing to focus on gaining support for our legislative priorities, which includes the National MS and Parkinsons Disease Registries Act, funding for the Department of Defense Parkinsons research program, and funding for the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.