The Philadelphia Business Journal recently featured a story on the opening of Jefferson’s new MitoCare Center, a research center focused on mitochondrial diseases.
The article notes that the center will house “researchers from different specialties working jointly and using ‘cutting edge’ technology to uncover the causes of mitochondrial diseases.”
Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, when they break down, the cell and the tissues made from those cells, lose energy and can’t function as efficiently.
One of the long-term goals of the MitoCare Center is to build an online resource to help patients around the world connect with physicians that have expertise treating mitochondrial diseases connect via TeleHealth services.
Between 1,000 and 4,000 children in the U.S. are born with a primary mitochondrial disorder every year, according to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Moreover, research suggests that malfunctioning mitochondria are also behind many common severe ailments including neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and heart disease.