12th Symposium

Case Studies
Case Studies


Brendan Payne, Ph.D.

Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR), Newcastle University. United Kingdom.

Dr. Brendan Payne is a principle investigator in the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR) at Newcastle University, UK. He holds honorary clinical appointments in the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Microbiology at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals. His doctoral research was undertaken in the laboratory of Professor Patrick Chinnery, and focussed on the characterisation of somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in the setting of anti-retroviral therapy. He is actively involved in clinical translational research as well as laboratory studies of the patho-mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction in aging. This involves the development of novel histological and molecular techniques to characterise mitochondrial defects. He is particularly interested in the natural history of mitochondrial DNA mutations in aging and how this may be altered, either detrimentally (such as in anti-retroviral treated HIV), or therapeutically. His principle research funder is Wellcome: through a personal fellowship, and as a PI in the WCMR.

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A confused scientist

Monica Calado Marta, M. D.

Newham University Hospital in London and Royal London Hospital. London, United Kingdom

Dr Monica Marta is a Neurologist, physician have practice at Newham University Hospital in London and Royal London Hospital in London.

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A middle aged man goes to the neurologist…

Jasmini Alagaratnam, Ph.D.

St Mary’s Hospital Paddington. London. United Kingdom.

Dr Jasmini Alagaratnam is a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London and a specialty trainee in GU and HIV Medicine, at St Mary’s Hospital, London. She is undertaking a PhD; the overarching theme of her PhD thesis is investigating neuronal activation in the central nervous system in the context of HIV, using biomarkers (blood and cerebrospinal fluid), and imaging (MRI and PET-CT). Her other areas of clinical and research interests include HIV reservoir and eradication strategies, the management of indeterminate HIV test results in the context of PrEP/PEP and HIV in pregnancy.

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Different strokes for different folks