Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. It is terminal. There is no cure and few effective treatments.
One in 200 people are at risk of mito, making it the second most common, serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis. One Australian child born each week will develop a severe or life-threatening form of mitochondrial disease.
The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) supports sufferers and their families, funds essential research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders, and increases awareness and education about this devastating disease.
The AMDF’s mission is to support the mito community whilst seeking a cure. Founded by and working closely with those from the mito community, the AMDF strives to provide support services that help those affected by mito to feel more informed, empowered, connected and less isolated.
The AMDF is committed to finding an urgently needed cure for mitochondrial disease and believe that funding research is the only way a cure and effective treatments will be developed. As such the AMDF is driving research into mito by identifying and funding strategic research initiatives that improve diagnosis and treatment, and translate into preventions and cures.