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PAN Alert: Sustained Funding Secured for Innovative Research Program

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about advocating for research funding.

From PAN:

Earlier this spring, we asked you to contact your Representative and request his/her support for the Department of Defense Parkinson's research program. Your outreach made a difference, and Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes $16 million for the program. The $16 million meets PAN's funding request and is level with funding provided for FY 2013 before sequestration.

Each year, PAN works to secure funding for this national, peer-reviewed grant program that examines how to protect our military from toxic substances, head injury, and other possible contributors to Parkinson's disease. In addition to helping protect our soldiers, research breakthroughs in prevention, detection, and treatment are immediately applied to the broader Parkinson's disease community. It is the only Parkinson's-specific grant program in the federal government.

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The full House of Representatives will likely vote on the Defense Appropriations bill in the coming weeks, and the Senate may begin work on their version of the Defense bill soon. PAN will continue to reach out to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to help ensure that this critical Parkinson's research program receives full funding for FY 2014.

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: Jun 14 2013