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International medical congress heads to NewcastleGateshead

The largest international conference on mitochondrial disease, Euromit, will be held from 14-17 June 2020 in NewcastleGateshead.

Taking place at the iconic Sage Gateshead and hosted by the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR), Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NuTH), Euromit is expected to attract over 650 clinicians and scientists from across the world.

The Wellcome Centre was established to integrate basic and clinical mitochondrial disease research and to train young researchers.

The four-day event will host talks from globally renowned experts in the mitochondrial field, which is the study of mitochondria needed for energy production within the human body.

Paul Szomoru, director of business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected as the host city for Euromit 2020. NewcastleGateshead is a truly globally accessible city and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world.

“NewcastleGateshead has a track record of hosting high-profile medical conferences and this is testament to our sector strengths in medical sciences and research, as well as having one of the country’s leading medical schools at Newcastle University. The event will be a great opportunity to showcase these strengths not just to the UK but internationally.”

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, director of the WCMR, based at Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle is world-leading in the area of mitochondrial research. The conference will provide a superb opportunity for Newcastle University and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to showcase research, clinical expertise and impact, to the largest international audience in the mitochondrial field.

“Everything we do is to improve the lives of those affected by mitochondrial disease and to help patients and their families both now and in the future. As well as the main conference, we are also hosting a joint patient conference with support from The Lily Foundation, the UK’s leading mitochondrial disease charity, allowing patients to interact and engage with clinicians, research scientists and policy makers.”

Dr Julie Murphy, public engagement manager for the WCMR, Newcastle University, said: “We are very excited about Euromit 2020 and want to ensure it is a truly collaborative event for everyone involved. We will be sharing more information about the meeting over the coming months and would encourage people to visit the Euromit 2020 website or follow us on social media”.

Anna Eyres, head of conferences and events at Sage Gateshead said: “We’re really pleased to be welcoming the next Euromit conference. Their last conference was held in Cologne and so we’re really proud that Sage Gateshead has been chosen to host the next one in 2020. As an international event venue, Sage Gateshead has an unrivalled location, world-class acoustics, expert events team and state-of-the-art technical and production facilities, and we’re sure that everyone who comes here will appreciate everything that the North East region has to offer.”