ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine and The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation are co-sponsors of the Southeast Regional Symposium on Mitochondrial Medicine, scheduled April 7 - 8 in Birmingham, Ala. The symposium: “Understanding Mitochondrial Disease and Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Opportunities and Impacts in the Clinic and Laboratory,” will focus on mitochondrial disease and dysfunction, which is at the root of diseases affecting all ages, including Autism to Alzheimer’s.
Elements include a full-day CME session on Friday, April 7 for clinicians and practitioners and a free half-day educational program for patients and families on Saturday, April 8. The symposium will include information on cutting-edge research developments in bioenergetics conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Top experts in mitochondrial disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer, Autism and others presenting at the CME, include:
- Bruce H. Cohen, MD, Akron Children’s Hospital;
- Leon S. Dure, MD, Children’s Hospital of Alabama;
- Michio Hirano, MD, Columbia University;
- Shilpa Iyer, PhD, University of Arkansas;
- Amel Karaa, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital;
- Robin Morris, PhD, Georgia State University;
- Diana Shineman, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation;
- Victor Darly-Usmar, PhD; Matt Goldberg, PhD; and Keshav Singh, PhD, all of University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The CME is from 8 am to 5 pm April 7 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham. For registration and more information: www.umdf.org/symposium/southeast
The keynote is April 7 at 6:00 pm by Andrew Deustcher of The Energy Project to discuss “Human Energy and Performance: Transforming the Way We Work and Live.” The keynote features the engaging intersection of science and human performance.
The family/patient program is 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 8 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and highlights the latest clinical trials, therapies, screening techniques and strategies for management of mitochondrial disease. The program is free, but registration is requested www.umdf.org/symposium/southeast
ABOUT MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE
Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed to sustain life and support growth. When mitochondria fail, less energy is produced causing cell injury or cell death in major organ systems, primarily brain, heart and muscle systems. 1 in 2,500 are affected by mitochondrial disease. Onset can occur at any age.
ABOUT THE UMDF
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) works to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial diseases and to provide support for affected individuals and families. www.umdf.org
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) supports the development of the most promising research and treatments for the many forms of mitochondrial disease. www.mitochondrialdiseases.org