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Researcher to head to Washington to advocate for Parkinson's disease research funding

 

SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 14, 2013) – Brittany N. Dugger, PhD from Surprise, Ariz., will join members of the Parkinson’s disease community from across America in Washington, D.C. for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Forum, from February 25 – 27.

At the PAN Forum, people living with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers, scientists and researchers, and others working toward finding a cure for Parkinson’s come together in the nation’s capital to:

  • Hear updates on the latest Parkinson’s disease research.
  • Learn about what role the federal government plays in Parkinson’s research.
  • Attend grassroots advocacy workshops to learn how they can best educate their Members of Congress on issues important to the Parkinson’s community.
  • Meet with Members of Congress and their staff to talk about ways in which the government can support efforts to find better treatments and a cure, as well as improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s

During the Forum, Dr. Dugger who is a researcher at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, will work with a team of advocates from Arizona to meet with Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as many Arizona Representatives and their staff, to educate them about Parkinson’s disease, biomedical research funding and jobs in Arizona, and why their vote on certain issues matter to people with Parkinson’s and their families.

“The PAN Forum is an incredible opportunity to join forces with other advocates from across the country and have our voices heard in Washington,” said Dr. Dugger.   I am excited to represent the people of Arizona in our nation’s capital, and will work hard to make a difference for people with Parkinson’s and their families.

About Banner Sun Health Research Institute
For 26 years, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, part of nonprofit Banner Health, has been a leader nationally and internationally in the effort to find answers to disorders of aging including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The institute, together with its Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium partners, has been designated by the National Institutes of Health as one of just 29 Alzheimer’s disease centers in the nation. The institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research takes laboratory discoveries to clinical trials that foster hope for new treatments. Banner Health is Arizona’s leading health care provider and second largest private employer. For more information, visit www.bannershri.com.

About the Parkinson’s Action Network
The Parkinson’s Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure.  In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.  For more information, go to www.parkinsonsaction.org.

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