MRC Centenary Open Day: How do we get energy out of food?

To celebrate the Centenary of the Medical Research Council, the Mitochondrial Biology Unit opened its doors to the public on 20 June 2013 for demonstrations and presentations based on the theme ‘How do we get energy out of food?’

Visitors were shown three presentations explaining where energy comes from, how it is ‘stored’ in chemical bonds, how energy is released during the breakdown of food and used to generate the cellular energy currency ATP, and what happens when these complex processes fail in mitochondrial dysfunction and disease. Visitors were also invited to view mitochondria in human cells, observing the complex networks they form.

For most of our visitors, this was the first time that they had been inside the Unit and their feedback indicated that there was a high level of interest in mitochondria, how they work, and what important roles they play in the body. Our visitors came from a cross-section of the local and wider community, and they were very interested to learn about our research through talks and informative diagrams and images.

We would like to thank our visitors for their visit and helpful feedback.