Doug Turnbull, MD, PhD leads the Mitochondrial Research Group at Newcastle. His main research interest focus on faults in mitochondria, the “batteries” within cells that create energy.
Defective mitochondria can cause around 150 known diseases and around one person in every 6,500 is affected by such conditions, which include fatal liver failure, stroke-like episodes, blindness, some forms of epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, diabetes and deafness.
Dr. Turnbull’s team recently attracted world-wide attention after demonstrating that it is possible to bypass these diseases by replacing defective mitochondrial “batteries” in unfertilised human eggs.
Dr. Turnbull is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1990-present) which is HEFCE funded; Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; National lead of the National Highly Specialised Services for Rare Mitochondrial Diseases of Children and Adults, which involves 3 centres (Newcastle, London and Oxford) and provides diagnostic and specialist clinical services for patients with mitochondrial diseases; and is Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality sponsored by BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and MRC.