Mitochondrial Medicine - Therapeutic Development

November 30th - December 2nd 2021

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

From disease mechanisms to therapeutic development


We are pleased to announce the sixth in our series of meetings on mitochondrial disorders and the search for novel effective therapies.

Mitochondrial disorders have emerged as a major cause of inherited human disease. Although the past decade has seen major advances in our understanding of their genetic basis and the underlying pathology, these findings have yet to translate into new therapies. There is a growing appreciation that new treatments will only emerge through a concerted collaboration between clinicians, laboratory scientists and the life sciences industry, based on a firm understanding of the disease mechanisms.

This conference will build new partnerships that harness our understanding of the disease mechanisms, accelerating the pace of effective treatments for mitochondrial diseases. This year’s meeting will include pre-clinical models for mitochondrial disease, an update on validation and outcome measures for clinical trials, a discussion on the importance on data sharing for precision medicine, and guidance on regulations for therapeutic development from a range of international agencies.

We will bring together leaders in the field of translational mitochondrial medicine, with a programme designed to engage and inspire the next generation of mitochondrial researchers. The meeting attracts international participants interested in mitochondrial diseases, working in molecular genetics, biochemistry, pathology, and clinical medicine.


The conference will start at ~12.30 on 30 November and finish at ~18.30 on 2 December 2021. See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • Mitochondrial medicine: pharma and funding perspectives
  • Pre-clinical mitochondrial disease models
  • Therapeutic development in mitochondrial eye diseases
  • Clinical trials – validation and outcome measures
  • Collaboration and data sharing to support precision medicine

Virtual networking sessions will be included.

A draft programme will be available soon.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Marni Falk
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Rita Horvath
University of Cambridge, UK

Yasutoshi Koga
Kurume University, Japan

Mike Patane
Mitobridge, USA

Keynote speakers

Emil Kakkis
Ultragenyx USA

Confirmed speakers

A list of confirmed speakers will be announced shortly


Conference organisers

Lucy Criddle, Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin, Scientific Programme Manager

Registration & bursaries

The virtual registration package includes access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event. Registration deadline: 23 November 2021


Registration rate
Student/trainee £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic/Clinical £100
Commercial/For-profit organisation £150


*To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here) If you are in need of financial support would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV. Bursary deadline: 9 November 2021.

Please note if you intend to submit an abstract and apply for a bursary you will need to submit documents for your bursary application before the abstract deadline (5 October 2021) to allow time to process your application.

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.



We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work

Abstract deadline: 5 October 2021

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

  1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
  2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
  3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
  4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.


If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

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