More than 100 researchers from seven countries attended this year’s AussieMit conference in Sydney. Highlights included presentations on mitochondrial medicine, the role of mitochondria in other diseases and mitochondrial donation.
The Patient and Clinician Forum covered topics relevant to those affected by mito. Professor Carolyn Sue, from the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Sydney spoke about current research projects, and Dr Christina Liang of Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital discussed beneficial supplements.
Professor Jan Smeitink, founding CEO of Dutch mitochondrial research centre, Khondrion, presented his clinical trial findings on the use of a small molecule, KH176, on patients with MELAS. The trials have produced positive results, and hopefully will expand next year. Read more here.
British based Dr Grainne Gorman spoke about mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that can help women affected by mito have disease-free children. She noted how patient advocacy was instrumental in the legalisation of mito donation in the UK. Find out more about how you can help change Australian legislation.
The field of mitochondrial medicine is constantly growing, and is in safe hands judging by the talented Australian scientists who submitted presentations or posters. Congratulations to the award winners.
AussieMit is a biennial mitochondrial research conference which looks at advancements in medicine, drug trials, and the latest treatment and diagnostic options.
Thank you to everyone involved in AussieMit. We look forward to seeing you at AussieMit 2018.