Education & Awareness Programs
In addition to helping fund a cure for mitochondrial disease, the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is dedicated to creating awareness for mitochondrial disease and fueling connections with familiar disease organizations. We host and sponsor a variety of awareness and informational programs to further our mission and help hasten the development of treatments for mitochondrial and related diseases.
Past Hope Flies Health Series Programs
Mitochondrial Disease and Parkinson’s Disease
April 6, 2016
Alzheimer’s and Mitochondrial Disease
September 23, 2015
An Evening with Holly Robinson Peete
November 8, 2012
Actress, author, talk show host, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete – an advocate for Autism and Parkinson’s disease – served as the keynote speaker at the first annual Hope Flies Health Series presented by the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine on Thursday, November 8, 2012. More than 250 attendees enjoyed the inaugural event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in midtown Atlanta.
The event featured a presentation by Ms. Robinson Peete about her personal journey with her father’s Parkinson’s and her son’s Autism, followed by a panel of medical experts who addressed the connections between Autism, Parkinson’s and mitochondrial disease as well as the latest research and hope for the future. Medical experts included mitochondrial disease expert Dr. John Shoffner of Medical Neurogenetics Lab; Parkinson’s expert Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek of the Mayo Clinic; Autism expert and author Dr. Martha Herbert, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and Associate Provost and developmental neuropsychologist Robin Morris, PhD, of Georgia State University.