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Forthcoming Meetings


Mitochondria, Energy Metabolism and Cancer

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February 26, 2014

Institute of Child Health, UCL 


Mitochondria, the cardiovascular system and metabolic syndrome

Start date
April 24, 2013
End date
April 24, 2013
London, UK / Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute of Child Health
London, UK 

  • Mitochondrial ROS metabolism in the heart
  • Mitochondrial permeability transition pore
  • Mitochondria in vascular smooth muscle
  • Therapeutic targets for cardiac disease

This meeting is free to attend but registration is required. Full details and registration here


09:30 - 10:00  Registration/Coffee

Chair: Sean Davidson

10:00 - 11:00  Opening guest lecture: Paolo Bernardi, University of Padova, Italy 
'The mitochondrial permeability transition pore: A mystery solved?'

11:00 - 11:30 Susan Chalmers, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
'Mitochondria in vascular smooth muscle: from regulation of calcium signals to control of proliferation'

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:30 Andrew Hall, UCL

12:30 - 13:00 Derek Hausenloy, UCL
'Mitochondrial dynamics as a therapeutic target for cardiac disease'

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Chair: Derek Hausenloy

14:00 - 14:30 Guy Rutter, Imperial College London 'Mitochondria and insulin secretion - links to diabetes' 

14:30 - 15:00 Michael Murphy, MRC
'Exploring mitochondrial ROS metabolism in the heart using targeted probes and bioactive molecules'

15:00 - 15:30 Two selected talks from abstracts

15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break

16:00 -  16:30 Two selected talks from abstracts

16:30 - 17:30  Closing Guest lecture: Toni Vidal Puig, University of Cambridge
'Adipose tissue expandability, lipotoxicity and the metabolic syndrome' 

Social events

Following the days talks, a poster session and reception will be held with drinks and nibbles. Visit the abstract tab for deadlines.

Organizing Committee

  • Michael Duchen, (University College of London, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Gyorgy Szabadkai (University College of London, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Sean Davidson (University College of London, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology)

Call for abstracts
This meeting is calling for poster and oral abstracts. Do not miss these important deadlines.  

Meeting Sponsors
Abcam is proud to be working with co-sponsors UCL' Domains for Basic Life Sciences and Neuroscience' and Seahorse Bioscience to bring you this event.

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Mitochondrial function and dysfunction are emerging as key players in health and disease involving the vasculature, the heart and in metabolic signalling in adipose tissue and insulin signalling. In this symposium we will bring highlight recent developments in this rapidly growing area. Our guest speakers are world leaders in their fields. Paolo Bernardi has facsinating new data on the possible identity of the permeability transition pore, possibly the single most important common final step in the patwhway to calcium or oxidative stress dependent cell death which he will share with us. Toni Vidal Puig is a key player in understanding metabolic determinants of adipose tissue growth and obesity, at teh interface wbetween mitochondrial metabolism and insulin signalling. We will highlight the breadth of work in the field, from work on calcium signalling in smooth muscle, roles of mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiac hypertrophy, novel data on the importance of mitochondrial shaping proteins as determinants of myocardial injury, and work from Michael Murphy showing the way to newapproaches to measurement of oxidative stress in cells and tissues. It promises to be a most stimulating and engaging meeting for anyone with an interest in mitochondria and cardiovascular disease.

We hope that these symposia will serve as a focal point for interaction in this rapidly expanding and fascinating branch of biomedicine, hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and showcase their work. We look forward to welcoming you to UCL.

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Full Details and sign up: http://www.cell-symposia-mitochondria.com/index.html


Bioblast 2012: Conference on Mitochondrial Competence

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2012 December 10th to 12th

  • Location: Innsbruck, Austria
  • Mitochondrial life style - from evolution to protective medicine
  • Mitochondria at the top of life - their big role in sports
  • History of science - the roots of innovation: From fierce competition to ‘Gentle Science’
  • Mitochondrial networks without borders - Do we need a Global Mitochondrial Network?
Full Details: http://www.bioblast.at/index.php/Bioblast_2012


3rd Joint German/UK Bioenergetics Conference co-organized by the Biochemical Society and Max Planck Institute of Biophysics.

Bioenergetics in mitochondria, bacteria and chloroplasts 10—13 April 2013, Schloss Rauischholzhausen, Ebsdorfergrund, Germany



Mitochondria and the Central Nervous System


Date: December 17, 2012

Venue: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute of Child Health

London, UK


Opening Keynote: Thomas Langer, (Institute of Genetics, Cologne)
Mitochondrial quality control and disease of the CNS

Catherine Hall, (University College of London)
Energy Supply in the Brain

Helene Plun Favreau, (University College of London)
Mitochondrial proteins and mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease

Kenneth Smith, (University College of London)
Mitochondrial dysfunction in demyelinating disease

Alex Whitworth, (University of Sheffield)
Modelling neurodegenerative diseases 'in drosphila'

Paul Chapple (Barts), (William Harvey Research Institute)
Sacsin and cerebellar ataxia

Closing Keynote: Massimo Zeviani
Incoming director of the Medical Research Council of Mitochondrial Biology Unit, (Cambridge, UK)
Mitochondrial genetic disease and the CNS

Do not delay..

This complimentary meeting has a limited number of seats. Register early!

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Meeting announcement
This complimentary, one day meeting will be held at the Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute of Child Health, Guildford Street, London, UK.

Abcam is proud to be working with co-sponsors UCL' Domains for Basic Life Sciences and Neuroscience' and Seahorse Bioscience to bring you this event.

Meeting Chair
Michael Duchen, (University College of London)
Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Opportunities to present
This meeting will be inviting abstracts for speaking positions, as well as a poster presentation.

Meeting Sponsor

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Mitochondrial dysfunction is emerging as a central theme in all the major neurodegenerative diseases, while also playing key roles in ischaemic injury following stroke. In this symposium we will bring together key elements and highlight recent developments in this rapidly growing area. Our guest speakers are world leaders in their fields. Thomas Langer will talk about mitochondrial quality control, an area that has really only been understood in the last few years but which seems pivotal in defining mitochondrial - and therefore cell - health.  Massimo Zeviani will talk about recent identification of novel proteins that play central roles in aspects of human mitochondrial and neurological disease. Both are outstanding scientists and superb speakers. We will also highlight the breadth of work in the field, from modelling studies in the mammalian CNS to the development of novel models in the fruit fly.

We hope that these symposia will serve as a focal point for interaction in this rapidly expanding and fascinating branch of biomedicine, hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and showcase their work, and look forward to welcoming you to UCL.

Submit your abstract before November 16 for a chance to present. A poster session and networking social will take place following the sessions.


Mitochondrial Biology Conference

Presented by: Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation with the Mitochondrial Research Guild

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The Mitochondrial Conundrum: When Testing Does Not Lead to a Diagnosis.

The study of mitochondrial disease is a relatively new field of medicine. Diagnosis improves daily, while new discoveries unravel the mysteries of these devastating diseases. However, diagnosis is still complex and often elusive for families who must navigate between multiple caregivers in search of help and hope.

The Mitochondrial Disease Conference will bring together renowned leaders in the field of mitochondrial disease research and patient care. Discussion will focus on the complexities of diagnosing mitochondrial disease, with emphasis on the application of state of the art technologies that can aid in accurate identification of these diseases.

Come join us and add your voice as we explore the next generation of patient care, research and diagnosis.Parents, researchers and clinicians are all encouraged to join us as we explore the next generation of patient care, research and diagnosis.

For more information, visit www.umdf.org/mitoconference

Please note: We are pleased to offer an additional meeting opportunity for patients and families on Saturday morning on August 25th. Details are available on the conference web site.

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The 2nd UCL‐JSPS international Symposium

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Further Links:

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Mitochondria & Metabolism,  June 14-16 at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia


Mitochondria and oxidative stress in the nervous system Postgraduate course 11-15 June 2012 University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland


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MiPsummer 2012 - FEBS Workshop

Cambridge, July 7 to 13

5 day FEBS Workshop on Mitochondria, consisting of lectures, posters and discussion, for researchers, medics, post-docs and research students.

Dear colleagues,

We would like to announce that registration for the MiPsummer 2012, sponsored by FEBS, is open and closes on 2012-May-01.

This is the 5th summer school organized by the Mitochondrial Physiology Society (MiP), this year co-organized with the University of Cambridge as a FEBS Workshop.

The number of participants is limited according to the FEBS guidelines. Participants should have at least the educational level of a PhD student and submit an abstract based on their current research.

Participants are selected from submitted abstracts through a review process and will have the opportunity to present their work either as a poster or a short talk.

Registration Registration fee is £ 550 (~€ 652) or £ 700 (~€ 830), covering registration, accommodation and all meals.

Abstracts Submission deadline: 2012-May-31

FEBS Youth Travel Funds (YTF) & Transcontinental TransYTF Grants

Deadline for FEBS applications: 2012-April-01

Best regards and we hope to see you in Cambridge,

Guy Brown, Univ. Cambrdige - gcb@mole.bio.cam.ac.uk

Kathrin Renner-Sattler, Univ. Regensburg - kathrin.renner-sattler@klinik.uni-regensburg.de

Erich Gnaiger, Medical University Innsbruck - erich.gnaiger@i-med.ac.at



Mitochondrial Medicine 2012: Capitol Hill

From Genomics and Systems Biology to Translation Scientific Sessions: June 13-16,

2012 Capitol Hill UMDF Advocacy Day:

June 14, 2012 Family Sessions: June 15-16, 2012 Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Visit www.umdf.org/symposium/conferencelocation to get special room rate! 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD  20851

Call for Abstracts (http://www.umdf.org/callforabstracts) is Open and Closes March 31, 2012.
Click Here to View the Scientific Program (http://www.umdf.org/site/c.piKYL1PHLtF/b.5461207/k.D7A3/fontfont.htm)

Cash Awards:  Cash Awards of $125, $250, $500 and $1,000 will be given to the top four posters, courtesy of the Mitochondria Research Society (MRS) and Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS).

Congratulations to our 2011 winners - click here (http://www.umdf.org/atf/cf/{6b75e085-7b4b-4560-a78b-73d6f6ef613e}/2011CASHAWARDWINNERS.PDF) to view the 2011 selected recipients!

Travel Scholarships Available Once Again

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has awarded UMDF a grant of $10,000 to provide travel scholarships to new investigators who might not otherwise have the opportunity to come to the annual Symposium in Bethesda, MD.  Awards of $500 will be available for U.S.-based scientists.  International travel awards may be higher.   Click HERE for an application! (http://www.umdf.org/atf/cf/%7B6B75E085-7B4B-4560-A78B-73D6F6EF613E%7D/Burroughs_form_final[1].pdf)

Symposium Registration will open in February.

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to a Featured Topic at Experimental Biology 2012 (San Diego, 21.- 25. April 2012), and encourage you to submit your abstracts to

Future Directions of Mitochondrial Bioenergetics in Integrative Physiology

(Topic Category Number 1083-APS)

Track:                   Hypoxia and Oxidative Stress

Translational Physiology

Sponsored by:  Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section

Date:                    Monday, April 23, 2012, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Location:             San Diego Convention Center, Room 27

2-4 of the submitted abstracts will be selected as short oral presentations (in addition to the poster presentation), so please submit to this Top(ic) Category!  Deadline is the Nov 8th 2011!

The keynote speakers have put forward new dimensions in assessing mitochondrial bioenergetics in the living organism that will benefit the understanding of energy metabolism in all disciplines of biology.

10:30 AM            Mitochondrial bioenergetics in the intact cell.

David G. Nicholls, Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

11:00 AM            In vivo spectroscopy provides a new window into mitochondrial bioenergetics

David J. Marcinek, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.

Chair: Martin Jastroch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I am looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!


Dr. Martin Jastroch

Head of Division Mitochondrial Biology

Institute for Diabetes and Obesity

Helmholtz Zentrum München

German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH)

Ingolstädter Landstr. 1 85764 Neuherberg

Germany www.helmholtz-muenchen.de

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International O2k-Workshop on High-Resolution Respirometry
Schroecken, Vorarlberg, Austria
26 April – 1 May
Workshop Website

British Society for Cardiovascular Research

BSCR Spring 2011 Meeting
Stem Cells and Cardiovascular Disease – From Promise to Reality
Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June, 2011
It will be a joint meeting with the
British Atherosclerosis Society and the British Cardiovascular Society
Meeting Website


United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Mitochondrial Medicine 2011

Chicago Scientific Sessions: June 15-18, 2011
Family Sessions: June 17-18, 2011
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center Schaumburg, IL, USA
Symposium Website


The eighth European Meeting on Mitochondrial Pathology
From mitochondrial diseases to mitochondria in health and disease

June 20-23, 2011
Zaragoza, Spain
Meeting Website

British Society for Cardiovascular Research

BSCR Autumn Meeting 2011
ondria in Cardiovascular Disease:
Emerging Concepts and Novel Therapeutic Targets

September 5-6, 2011
UCL Institute of Child Health, University College London
Meeting Website


MIP Society invites you to participate in MIP2011
Bordeaux, France
September 5-8, 2011
MIP2011 website


Society of General Physiologists
65th annual symposium

“Mitochondrial Physiology and Medicine”
Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
September 7-11, 2011
Symposium Website


Mitochondrial Dynamics: From Mechanism to Disease
Chia Laguna Resort, Sardinia, Italy
September 11-14, 2011
Conference Website

MAC 2011

2011 Mitochondria, Apoptosis and Cancer Conference
27 to 29 October 2011
Centre for Life Sciences auditorium, National University of Singapore
Meeting Website