Mitochondrial disease is one of the most rapidly growing areas of interest in the world of research.  Not just because of the illness itself, but the mitochondria has now been shown to play vital roles in many other illnesses.

Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in disorders such as copper-metabolism disorders (Wilson disease and Menkes disease), some lysosomal disorders, neonatal haemochromatosis, malnourished children, (with correction to normal levels after improved nutrition), cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.  A lifetime of mitochondrial damage may also be part of the aging process.

Research is therefore vital and is one of the main aims of the NZMito and the AMDF.  The AMDF supports a number of projects through the provision of scholarships.  These projects deal with a variety of aspects such as diagnostic and treatment dilemmas.