Dr Bobby McFarland
DoH/HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

  • Email: robert.mcfarland@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8334
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 8553
  • Address: Mitochondrial Research Group
    The Medical School
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH

I am interested in the pathogenetic mechanisms of mitochondrial disease in children and adults. MRC funding has allowed me to develop a large national cohort of patients with mitochondrial disease which is already helping to answer some fundamental clinical research questions. I am collaborating with research colleagues in USA, Finland, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and the Netherlands to develop an international database to facilitate clinical trials. I maintain a keen interest in laboratory research and have projects investigating mt-tRNA biology and the neuropathological mechanisms of Alpers-Huttenlocher Syndrome. I work closely with colleagues in the Mitochondrial Diagnostic Service to translate research findings into benefit for patients and this has resulted in the establishment of both a prenatal diagnostic service and (together with colleagues at the Newcastle Fertility Centre) a Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Service for mtDNA disease.