Saturday, 07 January 2017 16:06

MEET project big success

  

Last December our friends from MEET organised their final and closing congress on mitochondrial disease in London. After a campaign of almost 4 years the Mitochondrial European Educational Training Project is ending in January 2017. In that period 11 PhD students and 3 post doc students were trained in the mitochondrial disease field, in 9 research centres throughout Europe. Hopefully they all stay committed to the mitochondrial research field. It is inspirational to see how a new generation of researchers grew to be involved in mitochondrial disease! 

IMP was invited to the congress as the energetic MEET’ers also raised funds for IMP with a crowd funding campaign and by participating in many sportive events around Europe. On this website we have been reporting about these.

The congress started with a scientific programme in which the MEET’ers themselves briefly presented their own work. Also, guest researchers gave presentations. Topics covered were the relation between mitochondria and cancer, how mitochondrial diseases and neurodegenerative diseases relate and about the newly developed replacement therapy for mitochondrial disorders. The last topic was dealt with by Prof. D. Turnbull from the Newcastle University.

In the afternoon a cheque of more than 3,000 euros was presented to IMP. A fantastic result of the fundraising campaign by MEET!

All in all the MEET project has been a great success, raising awareness and funds for mitochondrial disease throughout Europe and educating the next generation of mitochondrial researchers. IMP has appreciated all that has been done and welcomes the fact that  the voice of patients is heard by researchers. A follow-up project within the european Innovative Training Network is expected. We will keep you informed.

Once more: thank you MEET!!!