2020 Welcome

pb8u87801On behalf of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), the Mitochondria Research Society, the Mitochondrial Medicine Society and PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, we would like to invite you to attend Mitochondrial Medicine 2020, the UMDF’s international symposium dedicated to mitochondrial medicine, to be held June 24 – 27, 2020, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  This year’s theme will be Mitochondrial Medicine – Back to the Future.

The symposium planning committee has brought together another spectacular faculty for this year’s symposium. Based on our past annual symposia, we expect several hundred researchers and clinicians to attend this meeting.

This is the 22nd annual conference organized by UMDF, bringing together clinical and basic science researchers sharing an interest in mitochondria. Participants come from many fields, including biochemistry, genetics, neurosciences, cardiology, cancer, diabetes, nephrology, hematology, pediatrics and aging research. At any major scientific meeting, a handful of presentations on mitochondrial disease will be found, but in order to stimulate research interactions in this ever-expanding cross-disciplinary field, the UMDF symposium focuses entirely on mitochondrial medicine.

The UMDF mission is to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

Join us in Phoenix, Arizona, as we continue to set the pace in mitochondrial medicine, encouraging the exchange of information and cultivating networks among physicians, researchers, patients and families!

Sincerely,

Richard H. Haas, MB, BChir
Co-Chair
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Robert K. Naviaux, PhD
Co-Chair
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Bruce H. Cohen, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
CME Chair

Scientific & Clinician Program

SCIENTIFIC/CLINICIAN PROGRAM AGENDA (detailed agenda coming soon)

Agenda Topics to Include:

Platform Session #1 – Genetic Therapies for Mitochondrial Disease

  • Designer DNA Drug Therapy for Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Reproductive Options for mtDNA Disease
  • Mitochondria Determine Neural Stem Cell Fates

Platform Session #2 – Aging and Mitochondrial Diseases (Mitochondrial Medicine Society Clinical Sessions)

  • Transition of Care – Teens to Adulthood
  • Impact of Mito on Aging Process
  • Late Onset Mitochondrial Diseases and POLG Related Diseases

Platform Session #3 – Mitochondrial Aging and Exercise, Autophagy, and Quality Control

  • Clinical Trials in Older Adults Using Compounds to Improve Skeletal Muscle Mitogenesis and Angiogenesis
  • Mitophagy, Quality Control, Stress Proteostasis
  • Expanding Perspectives of Mitochondrial-cellular Communication Pathways in Human Health and Disease
  • Fusion-Fission Dynamics in Quality Control

Platform Session #4 – Environmental Factors in Mitochondrial Function

  • Mitochondrial Responses to Long-Term Space Flight, the International Space Station Experience
  • Space-Flight Associate Neuroocular Syndrome (SANS)

Platform Session #5 – State of Mitochondrial Medicine and Clinical Trials

  • Clinical Trials – Nuts, Bolts and Importance of Trials for Therapies

Platform Session #6 – Clinical Trial Updates from Investigators and Sponsors

  • Peer Reviewed Abstract Clinical Trial Presentations

Platform Session #7:  Autism, Neuroinflammation, Purinergic Signaling, and Mitochondrial Connections

  • Updates on Autism and Mitochondria – 2010 to 2020
  • Genetics and Mito Stress – Mouse Models in Autism
  • ADOS Scale Use to Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neuroimmonology, Autoimmunity
  • The Infant Gut Microbiome and Early Childhood Neurodevelopmental Outcomes
  • Electrophysiologic Insights to Neurodevelopment in ASD

2020 Scientific/Clinician Meeting – Faculty

  • 2020 Scientific Meeting – Confirmed Faculty
    • Laurence A. Bindoff, MD, PhD, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
    • Don W. Cleveland, PhD, UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
    • Bruce H. Cohen, MD, 2020 CME Chair, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
    • Estela Area Gomez, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY
    • Abigail Dickinson, PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • Suzanne Hoppins, PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
    • Andrew G. Lee, MD, Houston Methodist Hospital – Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
    • Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Pat Levitt, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • Catherine Lord, PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • Robert McFarland, PhD, MRCPCH, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University, UK
    • Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
    • Hemal H. Patel, PhD, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
    • Frank J. Sasinowsky, MS, MPH, JD, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, Washington, DC
    • Orian Shirihai, MD, PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • Ruth S. Slack, PhD, FRSC, University of Ottawa, ON, Canada
    • Joanne Sordillo, ScD, MS, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    • Judy Van de Water, PhD, University of California Davis, Davis, CA

2020 Scientific/Clinician Meeting – Course Chairs and Planning Committee

  • 2020 Scientific 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
    • Gene Kelly, UMDF Industry Advisor Council, Chair, Stealth BioTherapeutics, 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

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