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PAN Alert: NIH Announces Public Meetings to Discuss Cutting-Edge Research Initiative

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about the BRAIN Initiative.


From PAN:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a series of four public meetings to discuss the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) believes the Initiative could represent a breakthrough in the ways collaborative science can be harnessed and deployed to find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent many diseases of the brain. While PAN is supportive of the Initiative, we want to ensure the voice of the Parkinson's community is heard during the planning process. We encourage you to participate, either in person or via phone, in one of the four public meetings listed below:

May 29, 2013, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Marriott Marquis
June 26, 2013, New York, NY
July 29, 2013, Boston, MA
August 2013, TBD

If you do decide to attend or dial-in to a meeting, here are some suggested questions:

  • How do you plan to involve those who will benefit the most from this initiative — those with brain disorders like Parkinson's — throughout the process?
  • How will you ensure the Initiative is always working towards the goal of discovering new treatments?
  • How will you measure success?

For more information on how to register to attend or dial-in to the meetings, please visit http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/. PAN will share more information and remain engaged as the BRAIN Initiative planning process moves forward.


PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2013, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: May 21 2013