Newcastle to showcase its leading mitochondrial research

NewcastleGateshead will showcase its world-leading mitochondrial research at the Euromit conference in 2020.

The event – the largest international conference on mitochondrial disease – will be held 14-17 June 2020 at the Sage Gateshead, and is expected to attract more than 650 clinicians and scientists from across the world. The four-day event will host talks from globally renowned experts in the mitochondrial field, which is the study of mitochondria needed for energy production within the human body.

It will be hosted by a core of knowledge in the field, incorporating the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR), Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NuTH). 

The WCMR was established in 2012 to integrate basic and clinical mitochondrial disease research and increase understanding of mitochondrial disease mechanisms, as well as training future generations of young researchers.

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, director of the WCMR, based at Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle is world-leading in the area of mitochondrial research. The conference will provide a superb opportunity for Newcastle University and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to showcase research, clinical expertise and impact, to the largest international audience in the mitochondrial field.

“Everything we do is to improve the lives of those affected by mitochondrial disease and to help patients and their families both now and in the future. As well as the main conference, we are also hosting a joint patient conference with support from The Lily Foundation, the UK’s leading mitochondrial disease charity, allowing patients to interact and engage with clinicians, research scientists and policy makers.”

Dr Julie Murphy, public engagement manager for the WCMR, Newcastle University, said: “We are very excited about Euromit 2020 and want to ensure it is a truly collaborative event for everyone involved. We will be sharing more information about the meeting over the coming months and would encourage people to visit the Euromit 2020 website or follow us on social media.”

Paul Szomoru, director of business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, added: “NewcastleGateshead has a track record of hosting high-profile medical conferences and this is a testament to our sector strengths in medical sciences and research, as well as having one of the country’s leading medical schools at Newcastle University. The event will be a great opportunity to showcase these strengths not just to the UK but internationally.”


(via NewcastleGateshead Conference Bureau)