The biomedical discovery team at the WCMR investigate the causes of mitochondrial dysfunction and how mistakes within the cells of the body can lead to a range of debilitating symptoms that can affect any one at any age.

Since mitochondria perform so many critical functions, mitochondrial dysfunction is the root cause of hundreds of other symptoms and diseases, including blindness, epilepsy, dementia and strokes.

Despite the seriousness of mitochondrial disease and the crucial role its research plays in treating many other conditions, low awareness means that some people go undiagnosed, living without treatment and risk unknowingly passing it onto their children.


One thing is for sure – without mitochondrial research, there will never be hope for a cure. Let’s find one together.

The WCMR team at Newcastle University are working very hard to find solutions that will make a major different to the lives of patients and families affected by mitochondrial disease and dysfunction.

1 in 200 babies risk developing mitochondrial disease in the UK.

The WCMR team would like to express their heartfelt thanks for every donation made to the Mitochondrial Research Fund that will support vital research into mitochondrial disease and dysfunction.

Please visit our Just Giving page.

Or alternatively, please send a cheque made payable to Newcastle University to:

Deborah Little
Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research
Newcastle University
4th Floor Cookson Building
Medical School
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne

Please include a covering letter stating that you would like the donation to go to Mitochondrial Research. 

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