Meeting Overview

 KaguniJacobsOrganizersHowy Jacobs & Laurie Kaguni
Symposium Organizers


DEADLINE: March 28, 2012
Early Registration 
Abstract Submission


In this inaugural ASBMB Symposium on mitochondrial biology, we will consider the expanding spectrum of physiological functions of this ancient organelle, often referred to as “the powerhouse of the cell.” Topics will explore the tightly regulated provision of cellular energy, control of intracellular ion and metabolite traffic, redox homeostasis and mediation of cell stress signals. Their centrality in cellular processes place mitochondria in a pivotal role in pathology and ageing, and hence they are key targets of molecular pharmacology.  Thus the meeting will mark a departure from the consideration of mitochondria as a relic of its endosymbiotic ancestor, or as an arrangement to provide a subcellular compartmentalization of various metabolic processes. Rather, we will fast-forward to these current concepts of its crucial role in the integration of cellular metabolism, and its regulatory function in health and disease. 

 The Symposium will be held in conjunction with a weeklong International Summer School on Mitochondrial Molecular Biology for PhD students (, June 23-30. The summer school is an intensive week of lectures and guided study on topics that are aligned with the Symposium.  Students participating in the school will have privileged access to the symposium speakers, several of whom will also give guest lectures. We would urge students to apply early, as there will be a limit of 30 participants, selected on a competitive basis. The combination of the educational and symposium structures is unique, and offers an enhanced learning environment for the students, while providing new avenues for future directions and collaborations among all of the participants.  

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