Program for Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolism
The Program for Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolism provides care for children with mitochondrial diseases and metabolic disorders that affect mitochondria. We diagnose and treat a wide range of these diseases. These vary from metabolic-induced developmental delay to complex problems that involve many body systems.
Mitochondria in our cells help make almost all of the energy we need to live and grow. In mitochondrial diseases, these energy-making areas do not work properly. This damages cells and causes different symptoms, depending on which cells are damaged.
Care for children with mitochondrial problems requires teamwork by many kinds of healthcare providers. Our team includes experts in neurology (with specialty in epilepsy), anesthesia, biochemical genetics (with specialty in inborn errors of metabolism), neuropsychology, neuroimaging, vision and eye movements, cardiology and gastrointestinal disorders.
Our program combines expert clinical care based at Seattle Children's with cutting-edge research taking place at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Our clinicians and researchers work together closely. This is one reason we can offer state-of-the-art care and diagnosis and the latest treatments. These include new therapies being tested in clinical trials. We also work closely with the Mitochondrial Research Guild, a special-interest guild of Seattle Children's founded by local families.