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Wellcome trust awards 5 years funding to mitochondrial research centre

The Wellcome Trust centre for mitochondrial research headed by Professor Sir Doug Turnbull has been awarded further funding which will support its research for the next 5 years

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial research at Newcastle was created in 2012 and is headed by Professor Sir Doug Turnbull. It's aim is to help people affected by mitochondrial disease and to prevent the condition being passed on to children via a specialist IVF technique. This week the centre has learnt that their funding from the Wellcome Trust will continue for the next five years.

Mitochondria are found in all the cells of your body. They make the energy needed by cells to carry out biological processes, and are often referred to as 'the batteries of the cell'. If the mitochondria are not working correctly they will not produce enough energy for the body to work properly. This leads to a diverse range of health problems but tends to affect organs with the highest energy demands such as the brain, muscles, liver, heart and kidneys.

You can read the full press story on the Newcastle University press office and you can find out more about the work of the mitochondrial research group.  

published on: 9 December 2016