Mitochondrial Medicine Regional – Akron, OH

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Regional Mitochondrial Medicine 2017: Akron, OH

Clinical/Medical Sessions: Friday, October 13, 2017
Patient/Family Sessions: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Akron Children’s Hospital
Considine Professional Building, Considine Auditorium
215 W. Bowery Street
Akron, OH  44308
Parking:  The Considine Professional Building is located directly across from Akron Children’s Hospital on W. Bowery Street.  Click Here for directions to Akron Children’s Hospital. Parking is available in the P2 Exchange Street Parking Deck (348 Locust St.).

NOTE:  The area will be undergoing construction.  Click here to refer to road closures.


About the UMDF Regional Symposia

Over the past 15 years, the UMDF has witnessed many changes in educational programming specific to mitochondrial medicine. In 2000, the UMDF hosted its first symposium and at that time, there was only one other entity, Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS), offering a conference dedicated solely to mitochondrial medicine in the United States.

The physician audience for the international symposium is typically limited to researchers, and those mitochondrial specialists interested in research, due to the scientific content. Upon review of past attendees at the UMDF international symposium and through strategic planning discussions, the UMDF realized it was missing a very important target audience, the local specialists treating mitochondrial patients. The UMDF added a “Grand Rounds” program in 2008 which brings a mitochondrial specialist to the hospitals to speak to neurologists and geneticists during their regularly scheduled monthly CME programs.

While the Grand Rounds program has been very successful, it is somewhat limited as the hospitals typically only offer one hour time slots. The UMDF Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB) advised the foundation that the one hour grand rounds sessions were just not sufficient in providing the necessary information to gain a better understanding of managing a patient with mitochondrial disease.

The UMDF is proud to enhance our educational programming through regional symposia and will introduce it in key locations across the United States. The new program will offer a full day CME activity on Friday and a half day of sessions for patients/families on the following Saturday. Both groups will come together for a Friday night reception to encourage networking and exchange of information. The UMDF hopes to see this program build in the coming years – not only through our efforts but also by collaborating with other organizations to reach as many clinicians and allied health as possible. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of patients/families struggling with mitochondrial disease.

Clinical Session Schedule

Friday, October 13, 2017

7:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast and Registration Sign-in
7:45 am-8:00 am Welcome
Bruce H. Cohen, MD, Course Chair
8:00 am- 9:00 am Akron Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds – Mitochondria and Autism –The Story of a New Discovery and its Journey from the Bedside, to the Bench, and back to the Bedside
Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD
9:15 am- 10:15 am Mitochondrial Disease Primer
Amy Goldstein, MD
10:15 am- 10:30 am Break
10:30 am-11:30 am Screening and Evaluation of Mitochondrial Disorders
Sumit Parikh, MD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Current Treatments and Therapies
Amel Karaa, MD
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Exercise Testing in Mitochondrial Disorder – Unmasking the Defect
Rajeev Bhatia, MD
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Special Topic – Diagnostic Approaches and Genetic Etiologies for Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex (PDC) Deficiency with Implications for Clinical Management and Therapeutic Interventions
Jirair K. Bedoyan, MD, PhD
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Special Topic – What is the State of Functional Mitochondrial Testing…
Charles Hoppel, MD
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Clinical Trials and Clinical Trial Results
Bruce Cohen, MD
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Mitochondrial Medicine Society and Practice Patterns and the UMDF Roadmap
Sumit Parikh, MD and Amy Goldstein, MD
5:00 pm – 5:10 p.m. Closing and Adjournment

Family/Patient Session Schedule

Saturday, October 14, 2017

8:30 am-10:00 am Continental Breakfast, Networking Time, and Registration Sign-in
10:00am-10:30am Welcome and Introductions
10:30am-11:30am Mitochondrial Disease:  What is It and What to Expect?
Amy Goldstein, MD
11:30am-11:45am Break
11:45am-12:15pm Screening and Evaluation in Mitochondrial Disorders
Sumit Parikh, MD
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Box Lunch with Question and Answers – All speakers and local mitochondrial specialists
2:00pm-3:00pm Current Therapies in the Treatment of Mitochondrial Diseases
Amel Karaa, MD and Bruce Cohen, MD
3:00pm-4:00pm UMDF Closing and Networking Time
4:00pm Adjourn

2017 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 clinician interested in all aspects of mitochondrial medicine. 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, and new medical knowledge. The format will include didactic lectures from invited experts. There will be ample time for professional discussion both in and out of the meeting room throughout the meeting. This is a one day meeting aimed at those with 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.


The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) through the joint providership of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the OSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


At the end of the program, attendees will have an in-depth understanding of the following areas:

  1. Explain the basic science of mitochondrial function and how dysfunction can lead to mitochondrial disease.
  2. Illustrate the symptoms and recognize the “red-flag” symptoms of mitochondrial disease.
  3. Demonstrate how to begin a mitochondrial evaluations.
  4. Explain the issue of certainty of diagnosis.
  5. Explain the basic concepts of primary and secondary mitochondrial disorders.
  6. Summarize the goals of therapy and to present the current treatments available based on the most recent studies presented in the peer-reviewed medical literature.
  7. Explain the available diagnostic testing, based on mitochondrial function, and to review new and expanding opportunities including next gen sequencing.
  8. Introduce the concept of purinergic signaling as a method cells can react to a danger response.
  9. Demonstrate the animal model where blocking purinergic signaling with Suramin affected a key behavior feature in teh Fmr1-knockout (Fragile X) mouse
  10. Show how single dose suramin used in a small randomized placebo control trial affected the clinical manifastations and metabolomics boys with autism.

2017 Regional Symposium Faculty and Planning Committee

  • Bruce H. Cohen, MD, Course Chair, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
  • Jirair K. Bedoyan, MD, PhD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Amy Goldstein, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chuck Hoppel, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Amel Karaa, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, University California San Diego, CA
  • Sumit Parikh, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Kara Strittmatter, CMM, MA, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA


Holiday Inn Akron West – Fairlawn

Akron City Hospital and UMDF has secured a group rate for $84 (plus tax) for the UMDF Northeast Regional Symposium for October 12-14. Guests may book the group rate by calling the Holiday Inn directly at 330-666-4131 and mention UMDF or  Click Here to book at the group rate.

Support & Exhibit

Here are some of the reasons you can’t miss this support and exhibiting opportunity!

  • The exhibit location promotes one-on-one interaction among attendees and exhibitors — your company can have the attendees’ undivided attention.
  • Attendees are decision-makers and influencers for the products and services utilized by their facilities and in their practices.
  • Family attendees pose a valuable resource for many companies since they, too, are decision-makers and influencers.
  • Excellent networking opportunities during all breaks and lunch.

Space assignments are made on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.

To reserve space and to get pricing information, please contact:
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

Telephone: 1-888-317-UMDF
Fax: 412-793-6477