ECU hosts global ‘summer camp’ for scientists

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Approximately 100 scientists from the United States and around the world are expected to attend. Nations represented include Sweden, Austria, Canada and Nigeria. East Carolina researchers Dr. Darrell Neufer, director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute, and Dr. David Brown, associate professor of physiology, are the conference hosts and will be available to speak with media.

WHAT: Mitochondrial Physiology School, or MiPSchool, is a global conference for scientists interested in better understanding the role of the mitochondria organelle in human health.

This is the first time that East Carolina University has hosted the crash course in mitochondrial bioenergetics. Brought to campus by East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute, the course runs Aug. 10-13.

WHEN: Media availability is scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. During that time, scientists will be in hands-on technique workshops, which will present opportunities for interviews and B-roll.

WHERE: East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, 115 Heart Blvd.

WHO: Approximately 100 scientists from the United States and around the world are expected to attend. Nations represented include Sweden, Austria, Canada and Nigeria. East Carolina researchers Dr. Darrell Neufer, director of the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute, and Dr. David Brown, associate professor of physiology, are the conference hosts and will be available to speak with media.

WHY: Mitochondria are known as the engines of the cell and their function is essential to life. Better understanding of how mitochondria operate – and what can go wrong – may lead to treatments for a range of diseases from diabetes and obesity to heart and vascular disease to Alzheimer’s.