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AussieMit Community Summit

Sydney, 18 - 19 November 2022

Bringing together the mito community to learn, connect and contribute to driving change.

Direct access to mito experts

Chance to meet others impacted by mito and share your experiences

Opportunity to contribute your experience and expertise to Mito Foundation's priorities


Mito Foundation is delighted to present the very first AussieMit Community Summit, held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney from 18 to 19 November.

The AussieMit Community Summit is free for all members of the mito community. We hope you can join us to make it a huge success!

Event Program

Please note all times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

Session Time Session/Speaker Topic Title Livestream
9.30am (AEDT) Registrations
Welcome Morning Tea
10.15am (AEDT) Official Welcome Welcome, about event, about Mito Foundation Yes - Click Here to View
10.30am (AEDT) Keynote: Prof Mary Kay Koenig What to do when you are sick Yes - Click Here to View
11.15am (AEDT) Morning break
11.30am (AEDT) Dr Christina Liang Understanding and managing fatigue in mito Yes - Click Here to View
12.15pm (AEDT) Lunch break
1.00pm (AEDT) Prof Zofia Chrzanowska-Lightowlers Understanding the causes of mito to improve diagnosis outcomes. Yes - Click Here to View
1.45pm (AEDT) Afternoon break
2.00pm (AEDT) Panel Discussion: Prof Mary Kay Koenig, Prof Carolyn Sue, Dr Christine Wools & Shelley Beverley How to build your health care team Yes - Click Here to View
2.45pm (AEDT) Afternoon break
3.15pm (AEDT) Emerging Research Lightning Talks Various No
3.15pm (AEDT) Mito Meet-Up No
4.15pm (AEDT) Free time
5.00pm (AEDT) Evening Social Event

What can you expect?

Updates from leading mito experts

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to hear and connect with international and local experts dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mito.

Mito Foundation Headshots (4)

Prof Mary Kay Koenig (US)


Prof Carolyn Sue AM

Mito Foundation Headshots

Prof Zofia Chrzanowska-Lightowlers (UK)

  • Alex Anderson, University of Melbourne
  • Megan Baker, University of Melbourne
  • Shelley Beverley, Mito Community Advisory Panel & Psychologist
  • Harrison Burgin, Deakin University
  • Emma Celis, Mito Foundation
  • Dr Christina Liang, Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Yau Chung Low, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Cameron McKnight, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Prof Toby Newton-John, University of Technology Sydney
  • Clare Stuart, Mito Foundation
  • Dr Christine Wools, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Linden Muellner Wong, University of Melbourne
  • Ruth Yuthok, Mito Foundation

An opportunity to hear from emerging researchers

The AussieMit Community Summit will host the very first Mito Research Lightning Round. The Lightning Round is your opportunity to hear from a broad range of emerging researchers in the field of mito!

How will it work?

Researchers will be positioned around the room, and you'll be invited to move between the researchers to hear them as they give a short five minute talk about their work that has been tailored for a non-scientific audience, so don't worry, you won't need a PhD to understand them. The talks will be broken into two rounds of three, with each round having three different researchers to hear from, and there will be a short 5-minute break between each round.

You will hear from

  • Megan Baker - Understanding disease mechanisms in a novel defect of mitochondrial protein quality control
  • Yau Chung Low - Investigating mitochondria-associated heart complications using human pluripotent stem cells
  • Harrison Burgin - Primary defects in ECHS1 cause mitochondrial OXPHOS defects
  • Cameron McKnight - Making Mitos Mighty: Finding treatments for mitochondrial diseases
  • Alex Anderson - Cell-specific functions of mitochondria and their implications for mitochondrial disease
  • Linden Muellner Wong - Using disease models in cell culture to disentangle complex mitochondrial disease-associated genes

A chance for the mito community to connect

During the summit, there will be various fun social activities for community members to participate in. We will hold a Munch for Mito that combines food and games to offer a relaxed social setting.

After day one of the summit, we will hold a social gathering at The Doncaster Hotel. Drinks and food will be provided, so you only need to worry about squeezing in all your socialising!

More activities will be revealed closer to the summit.


Registrations are now closed. We welcome to you join us online for our livestream sessions.