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Van and Ampersand Inventions

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Exhibition: Vane 20-30 September 2017

Opening times: 12-5pm Wednesday-Saturday

Symposium: Vane and Ampersand Inventions 1.30-5pm Wednesday 27 September

Final Public Event: Vane 5-8pm Wednesday 27 September

Mitochondria are the energy producing components of the cell and contain their own DNA. Mutations in mitochondrial DNA can cause an energy deficit causing mitochondrial disease that predominantly affects the brain, liver, muscle and heart causing symptoms such as epilepsy, stroke, and muscle weakness. The WCMR supports patients with mitochondrial disease and conducts pioneering research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease including development of new IVF techniques which may potentially prevent women affected by mitochondrial DNA disease passing the condition on to their children.

Valence is an artist residency programme with the WCMR research team involving six fine art students and WCMR staff who have been working with scientists and patients developing work that offers a range of insights into this vital body of research and how it is perceived and understood by scientists, patients and their families.

The artists are: Beth Allsop, Katie Antoniou, Jed Buttress (undergraduate students), Olivia Turner (PhD researcher), Jasmine Matthews and CallumTodd (who graduated this July).

The exhibition presents the first phase of this investigation for public examination and, through an interactive symposium, for discussion and response from patients, scientists, clinicians, artists and others working in the humanities.

The symposium will comprise of talks by patients, research and artists and will lead to an interactive event for discussion and response from members of the public, patients, scientists, clinicians, artists and others working in the humanities.

For further information contact:

David Butler (Fine Art) david.butler@ncl.ac.uk 0788 188 6944

Julie Murphy (WCMR) julie.murphy@newcastle.ac.uk

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