Researchers provide a new understanding of serious health conditions
Researchers at Newcastle University have been able to establish how critical cell processes that are shown to be missing in some people, may provide a deeper understanding of several health conditions such as neurological disorders and cancer.
Research was led by Robert Taylor, Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology, and the lead author of the paper, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was Jack Collier, a PhD student at Newcastle University.
The team, some of which are supported by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) through the Neuromuscular Disease Theme, have worked with patients with neurological diseases who lack the critical cell process that help the body remove damaged cells (autophagy).
By studying people who lack the ability to do this, researchers have shown the value of this process, unlocking valuable information for future research and potential therapies for a range of diseases.
Information adapted, with thanks from the Newcastle University Press Office. Read the full story on Newcastle University website