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International Scientific, Medical & Family Conference

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The 8th International Barth Syndrome Scientific, Medical & Family Conference is scheduled for July 18-23, 2016 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel located in Clearwater, Florida.This conference, held every two years, continues to be a model among rare disorders in that it brings affected families, research scientists and clinicians together in one place at one time for a dual track meeting.

"I have never found a more tight-knit, committed community than those I met at the Barth Syndrome Foundation Conference. The science presented was incredible, but the presence of the families there added an extraordinary element. Your efforts are inspirational. I consider this among the most important work I have done in my career." ~ Colin Phoon, MPhil, MD, New York University School of Medicine

View 2014 Scientific & Medical Sessions—Speaker Agenda

View the Conference Program 

Thursday, June 26, 2014 — Morning Sessions

Mitochondrial Lipids (Chair—Michael Schlame, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY)
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  • Valerian Kagan, PhD, DSc, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Miriam Greenberg, PhD, Wayne State University; Detroit, MI
  • Matthew Gillum, PhD, University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA
  • Matthew Baile, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD
  • Angela Corcelli, PhD, University of Bari; Bari, Italy
  • Jun Zhang, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; Hershey, PA

Keynote Lecture and Luncheon — Barry Byrne, MD, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Thursday, June 26, 2014 — Afternoon Sessions

Clinical Studies on Barth Syndrome (Chair—Arnold Strauss, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH)
(Click here to view conference presentations)

  • Colin Steward, PhD, FRCP, FRCPCH, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children; Bristol, England
  • Ann Bowron, FRCPath, Bristol Royal Infirmary; Bristol, England
  • Jean Donadieu, MD, Hospital Trousseau; Paris, France
  • W. Todd Cade, PT, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO
  • Hilary Vernon, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Baltimore, MD
  • Stacey Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VI
  • John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, FACC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, OH

Poster Session

Friday, June 27, 2014 — Morning Sessions

Mitochondrial Physiology (Chair—Colin Steward, PhD, FRCP, FRCPCH, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK)
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  • William Pu, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital; Boston, MA
  • Junhwan Kim, PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan Dudek, PhD, University of Goettingen; Goettingen, Germany
  • Poster presenter - Edgard M. Mejia, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Poster presenter - Michael V. Zaragoza, MD, PhD, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Poster presenter - Trisha J. Grevengoed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Poster presenter - Ya-Wen Lu, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Pioneers in Science & Medicine Varner Award Presentation

Friday, June 27, 2014 — Afternoon Sessions

Animal Models (Chair—William Pu, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA)
(Click here to view conference presentations)

  • Zaza Khuchua, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, OH
  • Catherine Le, PhD, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging; Novato, CA
  • Laura Cole, PhD, Manitoba Institute of Child Health; Winnipeg, Canada
  • Colin Phoon, MD, New York University; New York, NY
  • Douglas Strathdee, PhD, The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research; Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Michael T. Chin, MD, PhD, FACC FAHA, University of Washington School of Medicine; Seattle, WA
  • Conference Wrap-Up

Conference Wrap-Up


Clinicians and researchers gather at BSF's 2014 International Scientific, Medical & Family Conference.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Clark)


BSF's 2014 Conference brought together a total of 336 attendees,
including 47 boys and young men who have been diagnosed with Barth syndrome.
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Clark)



2014 Conference attendees gathered on the beach in the shape of BSF's logo - a very creative idea!
(Photo courtesy of Amanda Clark)

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