Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Recogning the Importance Parkinson’s Awareness Month

ParkinsonsFMM recognizes the importance of continued Parkinson’s disease research, education, programs and support groups, as this month marks the fifth year both houses of Congress have officially declared April Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder. It worsens over time, and it is caused by the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. The most prominent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease affect movement, although many other symptoms may also occur, some of which can be even more disabling than the movement symptoms.

Affecting 1 in every 500 people, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive neurological disorder that takes an enormous physical, psychological and emotional toll on patients and their families.

According to the resolution, the Senate:

  • Supports the designation of April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month,
  • Continues to support research to find better treatments, and eventually, a cure for Parkinson’s disease;
  • Recognizes the people living with Parkinson’s who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease;

The House of Representative similarly designated April to be Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month presents an important opportunity to become better informed and to educate others about this neurological disorder. As our society continues to age, the number of individuals with Parkinson’s disease is expected to grow. In fact, the number of people dying from Parkinson’s disease has quadrupled in the past 20 years.

parkinsons-disease-webMitochondrial Dysfunction and Parkinson’s Disease:
Scientists have accrued a large body of evidence confirming that mitochondria play an important role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. The most prominent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are muscle trembling and weakness, which then progress to muscle immobility. These symptoms are the result of a decline of dopamine in the brain, which occurs as a result of loss of neurons that produce this vital neurotransmitter.

To learn more about how Parkinson’s disease and how it is related to mitochondrial disease, visit


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