The Mitochondrial Conundrum: Novel Presentations and Treatments of Mitochondrial Diseases

September 12 and 13, 2014, Seattle

Mitochondrial Conference with child

Presented by Seattle Children's Research Institute in collaboration with the Mitochondrial Research Guild

The study of mitochondrial diseases is a relatively new field of medicine. The diversity of syndromes caused, wholly or in part, by mitochondrial defects is astounding. Historically, mitochondrial diseases have been thought to be largely untreatable. However, recent new therapies offer hope to a wide group of patients.

The Second Biennial Mitochondrial Biology Conference will bring together renowned leaders in the field of mitochondrial disease research and patient care. Discussion will focus on the newly recognized atypical presentations of mitochondrial diseases, with an emphasis on new therapies that are giving new cause for hope.

Join us and add your voice as we discuss the wide variation in presentation of mitochondrial diseases and novel therapies being tested. Families and patients are welcome. Join the conversation on Twitter at #mitoconference.

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Conference Committee

  • Sihoun Hahn, MD, PhD
  • Kathie Kohorn, MA
  • Philip Morgan, MD
  • Russell Saneto, DO, PhD
  • Margaret Sedensky, MD

“We find comfort in knowing researchers and clinicians are coming together at the Mitochondrial Biology Conference to help children, like our daughter, and their families. Please attend, share your experiences of caring for a child with mitochondrial disease and help us move closer to finding a cure.”

Brenda Senger, mother of 15-year-old Tessa, PhD, RN, mitochondrial disease investigator

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 12, 2014: Presentations and Panels, 7:45 a.m.–6 p.m.

Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121

7:45 a.m.

Philip Morgan, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Seattle Children’s Research Institute/University of Washington

8 a.m.

New Gene Discoveries: Organ-Specific Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Diseases
Targeted Therapeutic Interventions

David Thorburn, PhD
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute/Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

8:40 a.m.

The Role of Citrulline and Arginine in Treating Nitric Oxide Deficiency in Mitochondrial Disorders

Fernando Scaglia, MD
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics,  Baylor College of Medicine

9:20 a.m.

Gastrointestinal Involvement in Mitochondrial Diseases, in Particular MNGIE
Bone Marrow Transplant as Therapy

Michio Hirano, MD
Professor of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center

10 a.m.


10:20 a.m.

Eye Involvement in Mitochondrial Diseases; LHON
Therapies: Idebenone, Resveratrol, Bezafibrate

Patrick Chinnery, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurogenetics, Newcastle University

11 a.m.

Strategies for Diagnostic Work-Up for Organ-Specific Mitochondrial Diseases
Role of Metabolomics in Diagnosis

Charles Hoppel, MD
Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine and Oncology, Case Western Reserve University

11:40 a.m.

Morning Panel: Treatments in Mitochondrial Diseases Based on Organ Involvement
Patrick Chinnery, MD, PhD
Michio Hirano, MD
Charles Hoppel, MD
David Thorburn, PhD
Fernando Scaglia, MD

12:20 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Liver Involvement in Mitochondrial Diseases
Mitochondrial Biogenesis as Therapy

Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Pathology,  University of California at San Diego

2:10 p.m.

New Therapeutics; EPI-743
Gregory Enns, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford School of Medicine

2:50 p.m.

Overview of Organ-Specific Diseases
Russell Saneto, DO, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Seattle Children’s Research Institute/University of Washington

3:20 p.m.

Overview of Therapies
Bruce H. Cohen, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Neurology, Northeast Ohio Medical University/Akron Children's Hospital

4 p.m.

Panel Discussion of Therapies
Bruce H. Cohen, MD
Gregory Enns, MD
Sihoun Hahn, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute/University of Washington
Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD
Russell Saneto, DO, PhD

4:45 p.m.

Closing reception with Washington wines and hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, September 13, 2014: Family Day and Auction

7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Family Day

This is an opportunity for families to listen to a variety of topics from mitochondrial specialists from around the world, and to meet other families dealing with mitochondrial disease. Check back for a detailed agenda.

Location: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Jack R. MacDonald Building, 1900 Ninth Ave., 11th Floor,  Seattle, WA 98101

5 p.m.

12th Annual Cure for Mito Auction Benefiting Seattle Children’s and the Mitochondrial Research Guild

Reception, dinner, live auction and entertainment. Requires separate ticket. Learn more.

Location: Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St., Woodinville, WA 98072