Who will attend Targeting Mitochondria World Congress 2015 from Industries & Academics?

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The sixth edtition of the World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria will gather academics and industrial leaders in the field of mitochondria research during three days (October 28 to 30) at Ritz Carlton, Berlin.

Among the industrial participants:

Neurovive, Seahorse, Photonics Healthcare, Mitologics, Glaxosmithkline, Unifarco, Bayer Pharma, Poxel, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Selcia, Sanofi, Daiichi Sankyo, Biomedical Centre Speyer, Astellas Pharma Europe, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique... 

Among the academic participants:

Harbin Medical University, Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Institute of Biotechnology, Université de Sherbrooke, Columbia University, Instituto de Bioquimica Vegetal y Fotosintesis, Universitätsmedizin Greifswald, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, Neurologische Universitätsklinik Der Otto-Von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, University of Pecs, Karolinska Institutet, Leibniz Institut für Neurobiologie, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Moscow Clinical and Research Institute of Pediatrics, University of Aberdeen, L. Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald,CNRS, Mcgill University, National Inst of Health, University of Leipzig,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Unam, Telethon Kids Institute, LCSB, Georgia Regents University, University of Southern California, University of Southampton, University Hospital Essen, Children Hospital Bambino Gesù, Ukh Neurologie, Kings College London, Institute of Liver Studies, Universidad Nacional De Colombia, University of Buenos Aires, Universität Leipzig, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, University Leipzig, Aarhus University, Departement of Intensive Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, Chuv-Unil, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy-Glendale, Midwestern University, University of Warwick, Ulm University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Beijing Institute for Drug Control, University of Zurich, Fundacion Ramon Dominguez,Polytechnic University of Marche, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, University of Manchester, University of Calgary, Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences, The University of Liverpool, King's College London, Samsung Medical Centre Ssk University, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, SRUC, Federal State Budgetary Institution "Scientific Centre of Children Health", Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, University Hospital Erlangen, University of Aberdeen, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, INSERM, Fondazione Cuoa, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Midwestern University, University of Edinburgh, Psychiatric Practice, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital In Prague, University of Melbourne, Cellex-Idibaps, Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Pas, University of Toronto, Sapir College, Department of Pathophysiology, Beijing Neurosurgical Institute, Capital Medical University, Beijing Neurosurgical Institute, University College London, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Russia, Stockholm University, Tokai University, University of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Food and Regulation Biology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Tokai University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, University of Bath, Institute of Neurology/ University Medical Center Ulm, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, New York University, University Hospital North Norway, University of Helsinki, Wayne State University, University of Warsaw, University of Freiburg, Colorado Mesa University, Ilia State University, Sifa University, Université Perpignan, Universidad De Valencia, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology...


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Mining the gut microbiome for novel mitochondrial therapeutics: A strategic Presentation by Pr Anurag Agrawal



During the 6th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria, Pr Anurag Agrawal from CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India will discuss about a strategic topic: "Mining the gut microbiome for novel mitochondrial therapeutics".


He will highlight the following points:


- Mapping the gut microbial reactome to mitochondrial metabolism
- The strange case of PQQ
- Effects of common gut metabolites on mitochondrial function

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Pr Luis Vitetta, from Sydney University will talk about Reactive oxygen species and their lifelong regulation of the metabolome

vitettaThe production of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species has long been proposed as leading to the random deleterious modification of macromolecules with an associated progressive development of age associated systemic disease. Superoxide anion (and hydrogen peroxide) and nitric oxide (and peroxynitrite) constitute regulated prooxidant second messenger systems, with specific sub-cellular locales of production and are essential for normal metabolome and physiological function.

Pr Vitetta's team has posited that the formation of superoxide anion/hydrogen peroxide and nitric oxide do not conditionally lead to random macromolecular damage. Under normal physiological conditions their production is actually regulated that is very much consistent with their second messenger roles. The role of these second messengers in the regulation of the metabolome is discussed in terms of radical formation as an essential contributor to the physiologically normal regulation of sub-cellular bioenergy systems; proteolysis regulation; transcription activation; enzyme activation; mitochondrial DNA changes; redox regulation of metabolism and cell differentiation.

Furthermore the concept that orally administered small molecule antioxidant therapy to abrogate free radical activity is a chimera. Hence as such they consider that free radicals are not a major overwhelming player in the development of the chronic diseases or the aging process.

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Pr. Neuzil's talk to prerequisite for tumor initiation

jiri neuzil 2During the 6th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria, Pr. Neuzil will present the recent studies related to the acquisition of mitochondrial DNA by cancer cells devoid of mitochondrial genome.


According to him, "we have recently shown that cancer cells devoid of mitochondrial (mt) DNA form syngeneic tumours with a delay, and the tumour cells contain the host mtDNA. Here, we studied what happens during the lag phase before a tumour starts to grow. We show that several days after grafting, tumour cells start to acquire mtDNA from host cells, and its level increases until the tumour appears and starts to progress. This is accompanied by mtDNA replication and transcription, which promotes retrograde signaling to the nucleus, assembly of mitochondrial complexes and recovery of respiration. We conclude that cancer cells devoid of mtDNA ought to recover oxidative phosphorylation to a threshold level, which is a prerequisite for the cells to initiate tumour formation and growth."



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Dr Koopman will present his researchs about live-cell quantification of mitochondrial readouts

Werner KoopmanDr Werner Koopman, from Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands will give a strategic presentation about life cell quantification of mitochondrial readouts.

His research aims to quantitatively understand the molecular connection between mitochondrial metabolism and (ultra)structure with particular attention to redox signaling and biomolecule diffusion. To this end, they study primary cells from mitochondrial disease patients, inhibitor-treated cells, a knockout mouse model of mitochondrial complex I (CI) deficiency and cancer cell lines to gain insight into the (tissue-specific) consequences and/or adaptation programs triggered by mitochondrial dysfunction. Given the tight integration of mitochondrial and cellular metabolism, the above aims are primarily addressed in living cell systems.

As a key technology, protein-based and chemical fluorescent reporter molecules are introduced in the cells and their signals are quantified using life cell microscopy, image processing/quantification and data mining. Protein diffusion is studied by combining photobleaching strategies, single-molecule spectroscopy and in silico techniques. In primary fibroblasts from Leigh Syndrome (LS) patients, isolated CI deficiency is associated with mitochondrial morpho-functional changes and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels.

Empirical evidence suggests these aberrations might constitute linked therapeutic targets for small chemical molecules. However, the latter generally induce multiple subtle effects, meaning that in vitro potency analysis or single-parameter high-throughput cell screening are of limited use to identify these molecules. 


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Targeting energy producing metabolic pathways for cancer therapy

Vladimir GogvadzeDr Vladimir Gogvadze, from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden is a special in the role of mitochondria in cancer field.

The scientific committee of the World Mitochondria Society is honoured to welcoming Dr Gogvadze during Targeting Mitochondria World Congress which will be held at Ritz Carlton, from October 28 to 30.

The majority of cancers demonstrate various tumor-specific metabolic aberrations, such as increased glycolysis even under aerobic conditions (Warburg effect), whereas mitochondrial metabolic activity and their contribution to cellular energy production are restrained. The “glycolytic shift” in tumor cells offered a rationale for therapeutic strategies aimed at selective inhibition of the glycolytic pathway. This approach could be most useful in cells with mitochondrial defects, or under hypoxic conditions, when the mitochondrial contribution to cellular bioenergetics is minimal.

Dr Targeting Mitochondria World Congress, Dr Gogvadze will present the recent studies related to mitochondria & cancer.

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Dr Das will present the recent advances on the role of mitochondria in RNA interference by miRNA activity


Dr Samarjit Das, from John Hopkins Unviersity, USA will give a strategic presentation about Mitochondrial microRNA, “MitomiR”: A new Player in Heart Failure. 

According to Dr Das: "The goal of this project is to explore the novel concept that microRNA (miRNA) can regulate mitochondrial biology of the heart, and thereby affect myocardial disease development and progression. The field of miRNA biology has exploded recently, with many studies demonstrating that small non-coding RNA (miRNA) can repress the expression of target genes by post-transcriptional regulation and play a major role in many physiologic and pathologic processes.  Several groups suggested that miRNA exist in mitochondria, but we were the first to show that miRNA exist in heart mitochondria and are functionally important."

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The scientific Committee of World Mitochondria Society published the program of the 6th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria

PorteOn behalf of Scientific Committee of Targeting Mitochondria World Congress 2015, we are pleased to inform you about the publication of the program for the 6th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria, which will be held at Hotel Ritz, Berlin from October 28 to 30, 2015.

To access to the agenda of Targeting Mitochondria 2015, please click here.


We remind you that you have un til September 30 to submit your abstract for poster presentation. 

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PSC-based drug discovery of mitochondrial disorders: Neural cells from patient-derived iPSCs as a novel system for drug discovery of mtDNA disorders


During Targeting Mitochondria 2015, Dr. Alessandro Prigione, from the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) of Berlin, will discuss how to develop novel drug discovery pipelines for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) disorders using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Viable neural model systems of mtDNA brain disease are lacking due to the challenges of engineering mtDNA, thus hindering the search for therapeutic options. Here, we demonstrate that iPSC-derived neural cells may maintain the parental mtDNA profile and exhibit mitochondrial-based metabolism. Using this system, neural-specific dysfunctions due to homoplasmic mtDNA mutations could be identified. We therefore propose iPSC-derived neural cells as a novel model system for the establishment of personalized phenotypic drug discovery for untreatable mtDNA disorders affecting the nervous system.

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Treating cancer like an infectious disease: A strategy presented by Dr Rebecca Lamb during WMS Congress

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During the 6th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria scheduled from October 28 to 30 in Berlin,  Dr Rebecca Lamb from the University of Manchester, UK will give a strategic presentation about Antibiotics that target mitochondria effectively eradicate cancer stem cells, across multiple tumor types: Treating cancer like an infectious disease.

Dr Lamb and her team proposes a new strategy for the treatment of cancer, via the selective targeting of cancer stem cells (CSCs) responsible for tumour-initiation, progression, treatment resistance and disease recurrence. They utilized CSC activity as a global phenotypic characteristic of multiple tumour types, to provide a mutation-independent approach to cancer therapy, effectively treating cancer as a single disease of “stemness”.

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The central role of mitochondrial dysfunction in brain and other tissues pathophysiology evaluated in vivo presented by Prof. Avraham Mayevsky

During the Workshop organized on October 28, 2015, Prof. Avraham Mayevsky from Faculty of Life-Sciences and the Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Israel will present The central role of mitochondrial dysfunction in brain and other tissues pathophysiology evaluated in vivo.


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He will talk about : 

  • Historical Overview – The 60 years legacy of Prof. Britton Chance.
  • Brain and Tissue Energy Metabolism and Mitochondrial Function.
  • Why and how to Monitor Mitochondrial NADH redox state in vivo.
  • Multiparametric monitoring of NADH together with other tissue physiological activities.
  • Responses of brain and other tissues to various perturbations in Animal Models.
  • Monitoring of Mitochondrial NADH and microcirculatory blood flow and oxygenation in patients


Pictures and moments of Targeting Mitochondria World Congress 2014


We are very pleased to share with you a few pictures of the 5th Congress of Targeting Mitochondria 2014, which was held on October 29 to 31, 2014, at Hotel Ritz Carlton, Berlin.

We hope these picture will remind you of the best times of the Congress.

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The Abstracts book of Targeting Mitochondria 2014 is now available in PDF version

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All abstracts accepted by the Scientific Committee of Targeting Mitochondria 2014 are published in the abstracts book of the congress.

The abstracts book contains abstracts of major speakers, short oral presentations and posters presentations (186 pages).

You can order this Abstracts Book in PDF Format by clicking here.



The 5th edition of Targeting Mitochondria 2014 was a huge success


The 5th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria was held on October 29 to 31, 2014, at Hotel Ritz Carlton, Berlin. It was a huge success gathering more than 460 attendees from 36 countries were welcomed. The participants were coming from various fields: academics, industrials, clinicians...

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 gallery organized in three parts (workshop and second / third day of conference), please click here.


Pr Martin Kerschensteiner was awarded by the Scientific Committee of World Mitochondria Society for his Scientific Contribution

Martin KerschensteinerIt is an honor to announce the award discerned by The Scientific Committee of WMS to Pr. Martin Kerschensteiner from Medical Center of the University of Munich, Germany for his scientific contribution about "Microscopy enables dynamic and functional analysis of mitochondria in vivo", during Targeting Mitochondria 2014.

According Pr. Martin Kerschensteiner: "Here, I want to discuss how recent advances in light microscopy can improve our understanding of mitochondrial pathology in diseases of the nervous system. Over the recent years we have developed optical approaches that allow us to visualize the structure, dynamic behavior and molecular make-up of mitochondria changes in the living nervous system. I will use our work on traumatic and inflammatory axon damage in the spinal cord as examples to illustrate how these imaging approaches can help us to better understand when and where mitochondrial pathology evolves in neurons, which mechanisms induce it and how it may be prevented."

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