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Author John Grisham discusses the potential of focused ultrasound. Dr. Neal Kassell and Author John Grisham Highlight the Potential of Focused Ultrasound

The two appeared together in a recent TED talk to share the findings of this exciting research, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. Read more on our blog and watch their talk on YouTube.

December 17: Parkinson's Research 2015 Year In Review Webinar

Join the Michael J. Fox Foundation to review the advances in our understanding and treatment of Parkinson's disease that took place in 2015 and look forward with our expectations and goals for next year. This event is part of the MJFF Third Thursdays Webinars Series. Register online.

January 30: Spotlight on Treatment Advances Webinar

Join the American Parkinson Disease Association for a phone and online event to hear expert perspectives on the latest treatment advances for Parkinson's. This program is designed to help people with Parkinson's, family members and care partners. Register online.

There's Still Time to Register for the 2016 PAN Forum

Advocates at the PAN ForumWe're just over two months away from the 2016 PAN Forum, February 29 - March 2, 2016. There's still time to join us, so be sure to complete your registration as soon as possible. Qualifying registrants may be eligible for a scholarship to help cover the cost of attending the event. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must register no later than Friday, December 18.



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Now Is the Time: Stand Up for Medical Research Funding
Congress is nearing a final Fiscal Year 2016 spending agreement that may include meaningful increases in federal medical research funding. With a final deal likely approaching in the coming days, now is the time to reach out to your Members of Congress and urge them to support a spending package that increases medical research funding and ensures greater certainty for agencies and programs important to the Parkinson's community. Read our latest blog post for more information.


Parkinson's In the News

  • A group seeking to lead a broad national effort by consumers to make health care more affordable and available has formed in Washington.
  • Parkinson's researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a way to ramp up the conversion of skin cells into dopamine neurons.
  • Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are working to improve chances of early diagnosis by identifying a biological signpost in the blood.
Visit the blog for these stories and more!

Advocate Spotlight: Michelle Lane

Michelle Lane

We're proud to work beside so many dedicated Grassroots Advocates around the country, and as we get closer to the 2016 PAN Forum (February 29 - March 2, 2016) we want to highlight a few of these leaders and share their stories. This week, the spotlight is on Michelle Lane, PAN Louisiana State Director, who writes about how her personal journey with Parkinson's inspired her to become a Grassroots Advocate and participate in the PAN Forum.


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