What is the PAN Forum?
The PAN Forum is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC, bringing together Parkinson’s advocates from across the nation. Attendees gather to learn the latest in public policy and research in Parkinson’s disease. Working together, Forum attendees increase awareness of Parkinson’s and learn to advocate for better treatments and a cure.
The PAN Forum features (view a sample agenda):
- 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
The 2015 PAN Forum registration fee is $300 per person and includes the following: Forum materials, advocacy training, transportation to and from Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 25, and the following meals: Monday lunch and evening reception; Tuesday breakfast, lunch, and snack; and Wednesday breakfast and lunch.
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