New Mitochondrial Research Centre opens

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research has now been officially launched.

Professor Turnbull said: “We want to make a difference to the lives of our patients and this new funding will enable us to lead the way in developing this new treatment.

“Mitochondrial diseases can seriously affect the quality of life of both patients and their families. It often affects several generations and if we can stop that happening it will be a tremendous help for many hundreds of people who suffer with these diseases.

“We will now be able to take forward essential experiments which we hope will demonstrate to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and to the public that these new IVF based techniques are safe and effective.”

Sir Mark Walport said: “I’m delighted to be able to open this important new research centre at Newcastle today. Providing funding was not a difficult decision for us: Professor Turnbull and colleagues are world leaders in their field and are developing techniques that could potentially change the lives of families affected by mitochondrial diseases. This is extremely important work and an exemplar of bringing together basic and clinical science to create patient benefit.”

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