This page contains news items from 2017 and 2016. For older new items, please visit the news archive.
AMDF welcomes the ACNC’s ‘Tick of Charity Registration’
3 January 2017 The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) welcomes the introduction of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) ‘Tick of Charity Registration’. Read more.
More than 100 researchers from seven countries attended this year’s AussieMit conference. The conference featured presentations on mitochondrial donation, developments in medicine and drug trials, and more.
A Patient and Clinician Forum provided targeted information to mito patients.
Click here to read more.
AMDF Award Winners 2016
AMDF Award winners were announced at the annual AMDF Symposium on 22 September. The AMDF Awards thank individuals for their significant contribution to the mito community. Awards have been gifted to volunteers, donors, and researchers, as well as people who have been making a difference to the foundation and community as a whole since the AMDF began.
Click here for the 2016 list of winners.
Update: Khondrion clinical trial progress
24 October 2016Mitochondrial research centre, Khondrion, has announced the completion of patient recruitment and first-in-patient dosing as part of Phase II of their KHENERGY clinical trials investigating the affect of small compounds on a genetic mutation associated with MELAS. Read more.
Continuation of Trials for Mitochondrial Disease
12 September 2016Following positive results from initial testing, Stealth BioTherapeutics have announced the continuation of trials for evaluating elamipretide in primary mitochondrial disease. The study, MMPOWER-2, will be continued among the same group of patients who completed the previous study. Positive data from the trials will be used to develop Phase 3 of clinical trials. Click here for more information.
Khondrion clinical trial progress
12 September 2016Dutch mitochondrial research centre, Khondrion, has announced the development of phase II clinical trials for adults and children suffering from a genetic mutation linked to MELAS. Read more.
Book launched for Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week
12 September 2016 A children’s book in tribute to Kate Drury, who passed away from mitochondrial disease in 2015 will be released during Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. Read more.
Steve Waugh Foundation grant
30 August 2016 Individuals aged 0-25 years affected by very rare cases of mitochondrial disease may be eligible for a grant to cover medical expenses via a grant offered by The Steve Waugh Foundation. Read more
Genioz study into awareness of genetic science
30 August 2016 Australians aged 18 and over are invited to share their opinions on genetic science by completing a survey. The results will be used to define educational strategies and inform national policy for personal genomics. The survey is part of the Genioz study, a study into personal genomics conducted by leading researchers in Australia. Read more.
Parenting a child with a rare disease: parent mental health and well-being
24 August 2016 Parents of a child/children aged 6 to 18 with a rare disease, such as mito, are invited to take part in a research project that aims to explore parenting experiences of people who have a child with a rare disease. The results will be used to develop a framework to better represent the experiences of parents. It will also increase awareness of the importance of parent mental health. Read more.
Positive Results for Mito Trial
20 June 2016 Stealth BioTherpeutics has announced positive results from MMPOWER, a Phase-2 clinical trial of Elamipretide for mitochondrial myopathy patients. Read more.
Breaking news for mitochondrial donation
Team Mito Guinness World Record Attempt
14 April 2016 Perth ultra runner Bernadette Benson is attempting to break the world record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours, to raise funds and awareness of mitochondrial disease. Read more.
14 April 2016 Nearly 500 people attended the NSW Avalon Quilters exhibition in early March. For the last 32 years they have met on Thursdays to pursue their love of quilting. They have stitched hundreds of quilts during this time, some of which were on display. Read more.
12 April 2016 The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is conducting a survey on their communications and engagement with the community. You are invited to provide your feedback and go into the running to win 1 of 5 iPads. All responses will remain confidential and anonymous. Read more.
Disease manifestation and quality of life for mito patients
30 March 2016 A recent longitudinal observational study in the Netherlands has found that mitochondrial disease impairs the quality of life experienced by patients. Read more.
Update on the progress towards treatments
21 March 2016 A new article, co-authored by leading mitochondrial researcher Professor Jan Smeitink, provides an overview of the current mechanisms for diagnosis of mutations in the nuclear DNA of mitochondria, with a particular emphasis on mitochondrial complex I deficiency. Read more.
Support AMDF and win a car!
15 February 2016 Can you imagine driving a brand new Lexus IS350 Luxury and helping the mito community in the process? It could be yours! Simply buy a raffle ticket in the annual ASX Thomson Reuters Charity Foundation raffle, and you’ll also be helping us find a cure and supporting people suffering from this devastating disease. Read more.
Recommendation for mito donation in US
4 February 2016 A committee from the Institute of Medicine has concluded, “that it is ethically permissible to conduct clinical investigations of MRT subject to certain conditions and principles” . The report was produced at the request of the US Food and Drug Administration. Read more.
AMDF Services Initiatives
14 January 2016 AMDF is committed to increasing its range of support services available to the mitochondrial disease (mito) community. In 2015 we conducted a Services Survey to gather feedback on the existing patient services and to find out what more patients and their families need. Read more.
Top 10 mitochondrial disease articles of 2015
11 January 2016 A piece released by Mitochondrial Disease News late last year has chronicled the top ten mitochondrial disease (mito) articles of 2015. These articles highlight the research and innovation that took place over the year and the implications for mito patients, their families and loved ones. Read more.