Course Description

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and PeerPoint Medical Education Institute have joined efforts to sponsor and organize a CME-accredited symposium. 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 conference is 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. This will be a four-day scientific meeting aimed at those with scientific and clinical interests.


Neurologists, Geneticists, Researchers/Scientists, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Nephrologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Genetic Counselors, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physicians Assistants, RNs, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, Nutritional Therapy, and Residents/Fellows/Students.


  • 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
  • Develop an understanding of mitochondrial quality control and how this concept can help better understand mitochondrial function in the disease state
  • Understand the role of cellular stress and mitochondrial function
  • Learn how the human mitochondria respond to zero gravity and space flight
  • 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
  • Summarize the development of consortium-based discovery and care networks are changing the face of clinical practice as it relates to mitochondrial medicine
  • 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
  • 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


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2020 Scientific Meeting – Faculty

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2020 Scientific Symposium Planning Committee

  • Richard H. Haas, MB, BChir, MRCP, 2020 Course Co-Chair, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, 2020 Course Co-Chair, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Bruce H. Cohen, MD, 2020 CME Chair, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
  • William Copeland, PhD, 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
  • 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
  • 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

 For more information on continuing education (CME), please email or call 888-317-UMDF.

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Every time I attend it gets better and better . . . speakers, networking, etc. and especially the last 2-3 years, clinical trial/studies part of program. Great to see more in attendance!
Gail Wehling, Illinois
Talking with doctors and researchers! So helpful. Teen sessions… My kids loved feeling a part of a group of teens that were “like them.”
Laura Ursiny, Michigan
For our family, this symposium was transformational. We have been given hope. For our daughter, she now has friends who get her!
Patti Wood, California