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Course Description

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron (CHMCA) have joined efforts to sponsor and organize a CME-accredited regional 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.


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2019 Scientific Meeting – Confirmed Faculty

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2019 Scientific Symposium Planning Committee

  • Amel Karaa, MD, 2019 Course Co-Chair, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Carla Koehler, PhD, 2019 Course Co-Chair, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bruce H. Cohen, MD, 2018 CME Chair, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
  • William Copeland, PhD, 2017 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
  • Adam Hartman, MD, NINDS/NIH, Rockville, MD
  • Giovanni Manfredi, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY
  • Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, UCSD, 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

 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