Join us Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta for the debut educational health symposium “An Evening with Holly Robinson Peete, a Hope Flies Health Series.” Brought to you by the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, this extraordinary evening will showcase Autism, Parkinson’s and mitochondrial disease. Welcoming actress and recognized Autism and Parkinson’s advocate, Holly Robinson Peete will be the keynote speaker.
Best known for her roles in police drama 21 Jump Street , the ABC sitcom, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and most recently, an original co-host of The Talk, Holly will share her personal journey as the parent of a child with Autism and daughter of a parent diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Holly’s father, actor Matt Robinson, formerly Gordon
of Sesame Street, died of Parkinson’s disease several
Following Holly’s presentation, a panel of clinical experts will share fresh insight into the world of mitochondrial disease and how it intersects with other familiar diseases, such as Autism and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. John Shoffner, Medical Neurogenetics Lab, Atlanta, GA - Mitochondrial Disease
Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA - Autism
Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL - Parkinson’s
Robin Morris, PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA - Neuropsychology
Autism, Parkinson’s disease and mitochondrial disease all represent highly, complex spectrums of diseases. Genetically speaking, no two cases present themselves exactly alike. But, what if some of the most common
diseases and conditions that affect us and those we love,
such as Parkinson’s, Autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes
and muscular dystrophy had similar causes?
The answer or at least one of the answers to these vexing questions can be found in tiny organelles, called mitochondria.
Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem that can affect adult and pediatric
patients with a myriad of health challenges with varying levels of severity. One in 2,500 people have mitochondrial disease. Because many familiar diseases, such as Autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's (ALS) all have mitochondrial dysfunction as a core element, the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is eager to fuel connections and highlight the linkages among these diseases, in order to fund research for treatments and accelerate the path to the cures.
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