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Neuromuscular disease, rare diseases and mitochondrial dysfunction

Over the past decade, neuromuscular research in Newcastle has grown exponentially and our research has led to the development of two new NHS Highly Specialised services. We managed internationally-leading network projects in clinical neuromuscular disease that resulted in new clinical trials tools, which in turn significantly improved clinical care.

The research and clinical practice pioneered in Newcastle has had a global impact. These examples have led the way in providing reproductive choice for women with mitochondrial DNA mutations through Mitochondrial Donation. Furthermore, our research and clinical guidelines have helped double the life expectancy of boys born with DMD.