About the Campaign

In the evening of September 22, 2018 hundreds of national monuments will shine green as part of global Light Up For Mito campaign. This international campaign raises awareness of mitochondrial disease. About 200.000 people in Europe suffer from mitochondrial disease, which are still poorly known among public or health professionals. Besides raising awareness, the campaign collects funds to provide peer-support of patients and for high-profile research of mitochondrial diseases, aiming to develop treatment. For Further information, please contact Anu Wartiovaara, Academy Professor, anu.wartiovaara@helsinki.fi or Maija Komonen, project coordinator tel. 050 4155262.

What are mitochondrial diseases?

Mitochondrial dysfunction is a common cause of human inherited disease, with amazing clinical variability, from fatal disorders of newborns affecting multiple organ systems to diabetes, neurodegeneration, dysfertility or tumorigenesis of adult age. Mitochondrial disorders show a wide variation in individual disease severity and progression. Up to date, no curative treatment exists for these diseases.


Campaign is supported by film director Juho Kuosmanen and Finnish actors Antti Holma, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Jarkko Lahti and Krista Kosonen who reads a mother's story about a child with mitochondrial disease (see below Atrofioiva aivosairaus).