Welcome to Targeting Mitochondria World Congress 2018

Volkmar Weissig-president-mitochondria-2018Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am excited and honoured to announce on behalf of the Scientific Committee of the World Mitochondria Society the 9th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria which will be held in Berlin, Germany, on October 23-25, 2018.

The overarching themes of our 9th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria will not significantly deviate from topics discussed at preceding editions of our conference series. Again we will focus on three major areas, which are first the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in etiology and pathogenesis of chronic diseases including aging, second how to assess and above all quantify mitochondrial dysfunction in vitro and in vivo and finally, third, how to target and manipulate mitochondrial function in order to develop future mitochondria-based therapies.

However, this year we will try to focus a bit more on the cross-talk between mitochondria and microbiota and we will add a session about mitochondria dynamics and oscillations in health and disease. We have also planned to address nutritional and pharmaceuticals interventions for mitochondrial respiratory deficiencies.

For the 9th edition of “Targeting Mitochondria”, the scientific committee will invite again key players in Mitochondrial Medicine, i.e. investigators who have been pushing the progress in their particular field of mitochondrial research over the last few years. Basic researches working at the bench in the laboratory, physicians treating patients suffering from mitochondrial disorders as well as representatives of companies working on the commercialization of mitochondria-targeted therapies are all welcome to our conference. We strongly believe that our 9th World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria will be at least as exciting and as successful as many of our previous meetings.

Major topics which are going to be highlighted this year include among others:

  • Recent advances on mitochondrial dysfunction in etiology and pathogenesis of human diseases and aging
    • Mitochondria and Aging
    • Mitochondria & Redox Regulation
    • Mitochondria & Viral Infection
    • Mitochondria & Metabolic Syndrome
    • Mitochondria & Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Mitochondria & Cancer
  • Mitochondrial Dynamics in Health and Disease
  • Mitochondria & Microbiota Intertalk
  • The challenge of qualitative and quantitative assessment of mitochondrial function in vitro and in vivo
    • Mitochondria Quality Control
    • Mitochondria Devices: New methods to detect mitochondria dysfunction
    • Mitochondria as Biomarkers
    • Presentation of practical cases
  • Recent Advances on targeting mitochondria: Clinical trials and potential mitochondria-based therapies
    • Strategies towards Nutritional Interventions for Mitochondrial OXPHOS Deficiencies
    • Strategies to target Stem Cells
    • Strategies to target Microbiota
    • Strategies to target miRNA
    • Strategies to replace mitochondria
    • Clinical & Therapeutic Directions

As always, we very much look forward to seeing you in Berlin for this exciting event.

Prof. Volkmar Weissig
President of the World Mitochondria Society
Midwestern University, USA