Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Recognizing the Importance Parkinson’s Awareness Month

ParkinsonsFMM recognizes the importance of continued Parkinson’s disease research, education, programs and support groups, as April marks 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 approximately 1,000,000 Americans, and 10,000,000 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive neurological disorder that takes an enormous physical, psychological and emotional toll on patients and their families.

Goals of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

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

To learn more about Parkinson’s Awareness Month and disease related information visit:

 Micheal J. Fox Foundation

Wilkins Parkins Foundation

Parkinson’s Foundation

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.

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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