Looking into the Role of Cellular Energy in Disease

Published on in CHOP News

Douglas Wallace, PhD, Director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has spent the last five decades pushing medicine to look beyond the body’s anatomy to focus on the tiny structures inside our cells called mitochondria. His research, in collaboration with physicians and scientists across the medical landscape, has demonstrated that mitochondria play a role in a wide spectrum of diseases and conditions from autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases to diabetes, obesity and heart disease, as well as cancer and aging.

Dr. Wallace's research in the field of mitochondrial molecular medicine along with work by Marni Falk, MD, Executive Director of CHOP's Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program, and colleagues from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Penn Medicine Magazine.

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