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Mitochondrial donation - Evidence hearing

22 October 2014

Following the Government announcement that it intends to place Regulations before Parliament to allow for the use of novel techniques to prevent serious mitochondrial disease, this one off evidence session aims to examine the science and proposed regulation of mitochondrial donation.

The session intends to establish where the science stands at present and what further work may be needed before mitochondrial donation could be used in clinical practice. It will also aim to clarify how this practice may be regulated in the future.


The Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 9.15am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

At 9.15 am

  • Professor Doug Turnbull, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research
  • Professor Peter Braude, King's College London
  • Professor Robin Lovell Badge, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
  • Dr Edward Morrow, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex

At 10.15 am

  • Peter Thompson, Chief Executive, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
  • Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
  • Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Professor of Health Care Law, University College London

At 10.45 am

  • Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

Further information

The session is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Portcullis House is the building directly above Westminster Station, entrance to which is via Victoria Embankment.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.  It is advisable to allow about 30 minutes to pass through security checks.  Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change.