Mitochondrion is currently known to play major roles in many disease processes: neuromuscular disorders, neurodegenerative conditions (i.e. Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases), diabetes mellitus, aging, programmed cell death, and carcinogenesis, to name a few. In this background, the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Pisa (Italy) has organised a scientific meeting on October 25th, 2006, to discuss recent progress in the field of mitochondriology.

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