In spite of the eleventh-hour budget deal approved by Congress this week, our nationís research agenda is hardly out of the woods. ďIt is hugely disappointing that sequestration decisions were pushed to early March, continuing the very real threat of serious cuts to biomedical research,Ē says Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of the Parkinsonís Action Network (PAN), the unified voice of Parkinsonís disease advocacy on Capitol Hill.
PAN recently sent around this CBS Evening News report about the impact of the fiscal cliff-related budget cuts on biomedical research and the impact sequestration is already having on academic researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Weíve got two months to continue sending policymakers the message that biomedical research cuts hurt Americaís health and economy. Now more than ever, itís critical to make your voice heard. The PAN Forum†takes place February 25-27 in Washington, DC. Many members of the Parkinsonís community will be on Capitol Hill at the very time Congress is again grappling with sequestration and funding for research. Whether youíre a veteran of the Forum or have never attended, 2013 is a critical year to join others from your state and local community in pressing our case to your members of Congress. Scholarships are available to cover the costs of registration, travel and/or lodging.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to FoxFeed for ongoing coverage of the budget debates and their implications for the Parkinsonís community.