World Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week
Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week is celebrated globally to educate and increase awareness about mitochondrial disease. Awareness week is celebrated annually during the third week of September.
Most people have never heard of mitochondrial disease. Once considered rare, it is now thought to affect 1 in 5000 people, making it the second most commonly diagnosed, serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis. Researchers have discovered links between mitochondrial dysfunction and other conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cardiac issues and some cancers.
Scientists believe that in focusing on mitochondrial dysfunction, they may be able to devise effective treatments and potential cures for mito and help the millions of people who suffer from the above mentioned diseases.
During this week, affected individuals, their families, friends, co-workers and fellow students join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote outreach and education about mitochondrial disease and the broader impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on human health.
This year, Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week will be held September 19 – 25 , 2021