Investing in medical research now is critical to future-proofing the NHS and supporting our frontline staff in delivering the best possible care. The UK must invest in medical research if we are to find a cure for the most debilitating of diseases. During World Mitochondrial Disease Week, we are kindly asking MPs to find out more about mito as part of our campaign called Project Pearl that aims to raise the profile of mitochondrial disease for the benefit of the whole community. We are also asking MPs to register their interest in attending a parliamentary drop-in event hosted by the APPG for Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions which will be an opportunity to speak with people living with mitochondrial disease and their carers, experts on research for mitochondrial disease and healthcare specialists on mitochondrial disease. Read on to find out more.
- Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a common genetic disorder that can be very serious and often fatal.
- It affects all age groups and can cause an array of life-limiting symptoms, including extreme fatigue, seizures and strokes.
- Mito is more common than you might think; 1 in 200 people in the UK carry a faulty mitochondrial gene.
- Despite mito’s seriousness, a lack of funding has meant the disease can be a slow to diagnose and difficult to treat. Low awareness of mito means that some people go undiagnosed, living without treatment and risk unknowingly passing mito onto their children.
- Since mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, perform so many critical functions, mito is the root cause of hundreds of other symptoms and diseases. That’s why mito research plays such a crucial role in treating many other diseases, like dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and cancer.
- Investing in mito research is crucial if we are to find a cure and improve the quality of life for thousands of mito patients.
- By combining the best mito research minds in the UK with government investment, a mitochondrial research centre will be best placed to make major advancements in mito as well as other prevalent diseases.
One thing is for sure – without research, there will never be hope for a cure. Support our campaign and let’s find one together.
If you are an MP, please register your interest in attending a parliamentary drop-in session by emailing: email@example.com.