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 with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died.
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 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.
3 things we know about Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine.
Symptoms start to appear when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.
There are 3 main symptoms – tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) – but there are many other symptoms too.