What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. People develop Parkinson’s when certain brain cells which produce the chemical dopamine stop working properly and die over time. The brain uses dopamine to send messages to help control movement. There are 3 main symptoms – tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) – but there are many other symptoms too.
Across the EU today, more than one million people are living with Parkinson’s.
There are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help manage the condition, but new and better treatments are needed to slow the progression of the condition or possibly prevent it altogether.
PD-MitoQUANT researchers are working hard to better understand the condition, developing new tools and finding new targets that will help drug discovery and development.