What is the PAN Forum?
The PAN Forum is an annual, three-day conference held in Washington, DC, which brings together Parkinson’s advocates from across the nation to learn the latest in Parkinson’s public policy and research. Working together, Forum attendees increase awareness of Parkinson’s and learn to advocate for better treatments and a cure.
The PAN Forum Features:
- Panel discussions about policy issues and research impacting the Parkinson’s community
- Keynote addresses from leading researchers, scientists, clinicians, and/or Members of Congress
- Training for volunteer advocates to advance their advocacy work on Capitol Hill and at home
- Opportunities to learn and share with other Parkinson’s advocates from around the country
What Past Attendees Have Said
“It was life changing.” – Lisa Ikeda Bain, Idaho State Director
“It was unbelievable. I have never been in a room of 300 people who had Parkinson’s. [The attendees included] people of all skill levels.” – David Higgins, California Assistant State Director
“It’s such a rewarding experience. By advocating, I feel like I’m getting more control and learning what’s going on. It’s exciting to be part of that and be aware.” – Myra Hirschhorn, NJ State Director
“I’m a social being and I get inspired by the energy that is generated when advocates come together. That’s one of the reasons I really like the PAN Forum in Washington, DC – the energy is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced!” – Robin Katsaros, California Assistant State Director
“We need you and your voice. Stand up and be heard and fight for your cause. If you don’t, who will? You will never know how fulfilling and empowering it is to be a part of PAN until you have attended a Forum.” – Michelle Lane, Louisiana State Director
2015 PAN Forum
We also had 13 postdoctoral researchers present their Parkinson’s research during the Forum. Learn more.