Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program

CME Accredited Course

Offered at Mitochondrial Medicine Conference

UMDF and PeerPoint Medical Education Institute have joined efforts to sponsor and organize a CME-accredited course. The course will be held during Mitochondrial Medicine Conference and will be co-chaired by Dr. Bruce Cohen and Dr. Bill Copeland. 

Meet the Course Co-Chairs

Dr. Bruce Cohen

Dr. Cohen is the Director of The NeuroDevelopmental Science Center and the Interim Medical Director and VP of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute at Akron Children’s Hospital. He also is Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University. His interest in mitochondrial medicine began as an intern in pediatrics and has continued for over 35 years. 

Dr. Bill Copeland

Dr. Copeland received his Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology studying the human DNA polymerase alpha/primase complex. He joined National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in 1993. He currently heads the Mitochondrial DNA Replication Group and is Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the NIEHS.

Course Description

Mitochondrial diseases are more common than previously recognized and mitochondrial pathophysiology is now a recognized part of many disease processes, including heart disease, cancer, AIDS and diabetes. There have been significant advances in the molecular genetics, proteomics, epidemiology and clinical aspects of mitochondrial pathophysiology.

This will be a four-day scientific meeting conference directed toward the scientist and clinician interested in all aspects of mitochondrial science. The content of this educational program was determined by rigorous assessment of educational needs and includes surveys, program feedback, expert faculty assessment, literature review, medical practice, chart review and new medical knowledge.

The format will include didactic lectures from invited experts intermixed with peer-reviewed platform presentations. There will be ample time for professional discussion both in and out of the meeting room, and peer-reviewed poster presentations will be given throughout the meeting.

Target Audience












Genetic Counselors


Advanced Practice Nurses


Internal Medicine






Physicians Assistants




Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Nutritional Therapy



Accreditation Statement

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Designation Statement

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2021 Scientific Meeting Faculty

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What to Expect

Learning Objectives

Learn about new clinical trials investigating small molecule therapies for mitochondrial diseases in children and adults
Understand the development of gene therapies and oligonucleotide therapies in other disease models and how they could be used to treat mitochondrial diseases in children and adults
Understand the role of cellular stress and mitochondrial function
Develop an understanding of mitochondrial quality control and how this concept can help better understand mitochondrial function in the disease state
Describe the interactions between mitochondrial and the microbiota
Learn about innate immunity and the role of the mitochondria in innate immunity and immunity in those with known mitochondrial diseases
Develop an understanding of the Orphan Disease Program and clinical trial development, as well as the process of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval
Learn how the human mitochondria respond to zero gravity and space flight
Understand the new concepts of Purinergic signaling, the inflammatory process, and the cell danger response cascade as it impacts on behavior, autism, cancer and other human conditions

Learn More About Us

Speakers & Disclosures

Bruce H. Cohen, MD
2021 Course Co-Chair, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

William Copeland PhD
2021 Course Co-Chair, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

Amy Goldstein, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Larry Grossman, PhD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Richard H. Haas, MB, BChir, MRCP,
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Adam Hartman, MD
NINDS/NIH, Rockville, MD

Amel Karaa, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Carla Koehler, PhD
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Giovanni Manfredi, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Sumit Parikh, MD
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Russell Saneto, DO, PhD
Course Chair, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, WA

Peter Stacpoole, PhD, MD
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Keshav Singh, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Philip E. Yeske, PhD
UMDF Science & Alliance Officer, Pittsburgh, PA

Kara Strittmatter, CMM, MA
UMDF Meeting Event Director, Columbus, OH

Let's Learn Together

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