Mitochondrial Medical and Scientific Meetings

Upcoming UMDF Bench-to-Bedside Seminars:

The UMDF Bench-to-Bedside Seminar Series follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Mito Friday Seminar Series launched earlier this year. This program addresses a need for increased scientific discussion of important mitochondrial research being conducted around the world. The Bench-to-Bedside (BtB) seminars will take place monthly and typically last one hour.

Researchers and clinicians that would like to suggest a topic or theme are encouraged to contact UMDF at [email protected], and if you are interested in submitting an abstract for consideration as a future presenter please utilize our online portal by clicking here.

Recordings from UMDF Bench-to-Bedside webcasts will be made available for a limited time as on-demand or through this web page. Availability of recordings is at the discretion of our presenters.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Topic: Novel Insights from the Mitochondrial Interactome 

Moderator: Brett Kaufman, PhD


Martin Ott, PhD, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Hana Antonicka, MSc, PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Thursday, March 18, 2021

11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Registration Coming Soon

Topic:  TBD

Moderator: Peter McGuire, MD



Previous UMDF Bench-to-Bedside Seminars:

Friday, January 15, 2021

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Topic: Novel aspects of mitochondrial NAD+ Biology

Moderator: Brett Kaufman, PhD


Joseph A. Baur, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara, MD, PhD, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Friday, December 11, 2020

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Topic: Nuclear Genome-wide Associations with Mitochondrial Heteroplasmy 

Moderator: Brett Kaufman, PhD


Priyanka Nandakumar, PhD, 23andMe, California 

Neal Sondheimer, MD, PhD, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

Friday, November 20, 2020

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Topic: Clinical and Cellular Phenotypes of m.3243A>G

Moderator: Brett Kaufman, PhD

Presenters and Topics:

Michio Hirano, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY

Clinical Manifestations and Natural History of m.3243A>G

Tamas Kozicz, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

m.3243A>G-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction Impairs Human Neuronal Development and Reduces Neuronal Network Activity and Synchronicity

Friday, October 9, 2020

12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Topic: Mitochondrial Targets and Defenses in the Time of COVID

  • Moderator: Bruce H. Cohen, MD, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH


  • Robert K. Naviaux, PhD, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Keshav Singh, PhD, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Topic: Discovery and Implications of Interbacterial Deaminase Toxins

Presenter: Joseph Mougous, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Topic: A Bacterial Cytidine Deaminase Toxin Enables CRISPR-Free Mitochondrial Base Editing

Presenter: David R. Liu, PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Friday, August 28, 2020 

UMDF Funded Projects:

  • Investigating intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing mitochondrial heteroplasmy in mt-tRNA mutation-linked disease - Dr. Kinsley Belle, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Mechanisms of protein assembly underlying mitochondrial DNA maintenance but altered in early-onset neurodegenerative disorders - Dr. Breann Brown, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • Implementation of the CRISPR gene editing technology – Edit Plasmids - toward the curing of mitochondrial diseases caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA - Dr. Hajime Sakai, CEO, NAPIGEN

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Topic: Mitochondrial Control of Innate Immune Responses in Disease and Aging

Presenter: A. Phillip West, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology, Texas A&M University

  • Topic: A Quantitative Tissue-Specific Landscape of Protein Redox Regulation During Aging

Presenter: Ed Chouchani, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology and Cell Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Topic: Mouse Models of Mitochondrial DNA Disease

Presenter: James Stewart, PhD, Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

  • Topic: Mitochondrial DNA Heteroplasmy in Disease and Targeted Nuclease-Based Therapeutic Approaches

Presenter: Carlos Moraes, PhD, Lichtenstein Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Topic: Translational and Clinical Perspectives on Mitochondrial DNA Deletions During Normal Aging and POLG Disease
  • Presenters: Bruce H. Cohen, MD, Akron Children's Hospital and William Copeland, PhD, NIEHS

Upcoming Mitochondrial Medicine-Related Meetings