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Ralitza H. Gavrilova, M.D., is an expert in clinical genomics and neurology whose research areas of interest are in the fields of mitochondrial medicine and neurogenetics. Dr. Gavrilova studies mitochondrial myopathy, multisystemic mitochondrial diseases, Friedreich's ataxia and neurodegenerative conditions that involve mitochondrial dysfunction, such as dementia. Another area of Dr. Gavrilova's clinical focus is hereditary leukodystrophies. Dr. Gavrilova's research goal is to improve understanding of mitochondrial dysfunction in disease.
Dr. Gavrilova's hope is that her research leads to improvements in quality of life for patients with mitochondrial diseases and related conditions by facilitating better and new diagnostic and evaluation approaches. Dr. Gavrilova also hopes to help patients by developing new therapies and clinical trials for unmet patient needs.
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