14-20 September 2014 is Global Mitochondrial Disease
Across the globe the week will be marked with various educational, fundraising and advocacy efforts all designed to raise awareness about mitochondrial disease.
What is Mitochondrial Disease?
You may have only recently heard of mitochondrial disease, but you surely have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, ALS, the Gulf War Syndrome and many others. Research tells us that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of these more well-known diseases that affect millions of people globally.
Studies have also linked mitochondrial dysfunction to autism spectrum disorders, cardiac issues and even some cancers.
Scientists believe that in focusing on mitochondrial dysfunction, they may be able to devise effective treatments and potential cures for mitochondrial disease and help the millions of people who suffer from the above mentioned diseases.
Mitochrondria are the ‘power plants’ that provide the body with all of the energy it needs to walk, talk, laugh, hear, digest food, and breathe. More info...
Global Mitochondrial Awareness Week Events
MitoAction's Energy Walk and 5K Run