University of Tampere Lights Up for Mito

Submitted on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:18

On 16 September, Main Building of the University of Tampere, along with other public buildings in the city, will be floodlit in green, as part of a worldwide event to raise awareness of mitochondrial diseases. ‘Light-up for Mito’ will be marked globally, with many famous sites and monuments illuminated in green, including the Colosseum in Rome, the Sky Tower in Auckland and Niagara Falls, as well as public buildings in Helsinki and Tampere.

The green lights are a part of the international Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. In Finland, the week’s theme is STOP mitochondrial disease.

By participating in the campaign, the University of Tampere expresses its commitment to supporting research into mitochondrial diseases and raising awareness of the massive health burden caused by them.

“Green is the colour of life, hope and education. Lighting up public buildings symbolises the power that mitochondria provide to our cells – vital energy, which we strive to give back one day to those suffering from mito diseases,” says Professor Howy Jacobs from the Universities of Tampere and Helsinki.

Mitochondrial diseases are characterised by problems in the energy transformation of cells and can strike any of the body’s organs, especially the nervous system, muscle, heart and liver. The diseases affect people of all ages, from infants through to the elderly. Currently there are no cures. Mito diseases afflict at least 200,000 people in Europe

Finland is a significant centre of research on mitochondrial diseases. Professor Howy Jacobs’s research group at the University of Tampere has received Centre of Excellence funding from the Academy of Finland for three times already. FinMIT - Centre of Excellence on Research on Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease - also includes research groups working at the University of Helsinki. In 2014, the University of Tampere hosted Euromit, the world's largest congress of medical scientists dedicated to uncovering the causes of mito disease and finding cures.

Please read more about the campaign
https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/tutkimusryhmat/mitochondrial-medicine/light-up-for-mito

For more information, please contact:
Coordinator Maija Komonen, tel. 050 415 5262, maija.komonen@helsinki.fi