There are also a number of additional legislative and regulatory issues with importance to the Parkinson’s community that PAN monitors or supports. Below are some of the latest issues that we’re following in Washington.
In May 2014, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative. PAN is actively engaging with the Committee on this exciting initiative aimed at accelerating the pace of cures in America through medical innovation.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging is examining linkages between brain injury and the development of neurological conditions later in life. PAN submitted comments to the Committee, highlighting the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke approved list of 31 Parkinson’s priorities, which include finding the underlying causes of Parkinson’s disease, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI).
On March 13, 2014, S. 2126, the Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2014, was introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). The bill would launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine.
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) has introduced legislation that would authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Muhammad Ali in recognition of his contributions to the nation.