Mitochondria and Us

Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week 2020

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Mitochondria dysfunction underpins several common human diseases like cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes and can even impact viral infections like COVID-19. Mitochondria diseases are complex, incurable and often misdiagnosed.

Held as part of Global Mitochondria Awareness Week 2020, this event shared recent advances in mitochondria research from a mix of interdisciplinary perspectives, expertise, practice and personal experiences to explore the impact of mitochondria research and related disorders on society.

Featuring experts from around the globe, the event aimed to shed light on how mitochondria are made, how they sustain cell life under stress and how they can control cell death.


  • Professor Bob Lightowlers – Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University
  • Dr Gloria Brea Calvo – Lecturer in Cell Biology, University Pablo Olavide, Sevilla
  • Professor Richard Hartley FRSC FRSB – Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Stefan Jakobs – Director of Research, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Dr Hana Antonicka – Senior Researcher, Molecular Neurogenetics Lab, McGill University
  • Dr Bruno Chausse – Research Fellow, Institute of Pathophysiology, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg
  • Professor Simon Woods – Professor of Bioethics, Director of Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Lyndsey Butterworth – Head of Science communication, The Lilly Foundation
  • Dr Cathy Herbrand – Reader in Medical Sociology, De Montfort University
  • Elja van der Veer – Chair/President, International Mito Patients
  • Gemma Teal – Research Fellow Institute, Glasgow School of Art
  • Sneha Raman – Design Researcher, Digital Health Institute, Glasgow School of Art

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