Where Discovery Leads is a multimedia storytelling project that delves into key research themes at CHOP Research Institute. This is part one of a three-part series that focuses on novel diagnostic tools and approaches being developed under the leadership of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. See part 2 and part 3 of the series.
Energy continues to build for the role of the mitochondrion in health and disease, a field pioneered by Douglas Wallace, PhD, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
What causes disease? Why do we get sick? Douglas Wallace's answer could spark a revolution in medical thinking. For thousands of years, practitioners of Eastern medicine have linked human health to the concept of energy, or "qi" - its presence, absence and flow through our bodies affecting everything from heart disease to mental clarity. Ironically, Douglas Wallace, PhD, one of CHOP's most internationally renowned experts in Western medicine, has spent his career proving that they just might be right.