Jin Han, MD, PhD
∙President, Korean Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine
∙Chair, Mitochondrial Section of Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dear colleagues and friends,
Welcome to the KSMRM 2021! On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to express that it is my great pleasure to share with you the most updated mitochondrial festival under the theme on “Justifying and Understanding the Mitochondrial Platform for Signaling. (JUMPING)” in the 15th Conference of The Korean Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine (KSMRM 2021) which will be held on August 25th, 2021, at the BEXCO, Busan Korea. The KSMRM 2021 is held annually, and our goal is to expose participants to groundbreaking mitochondrial research from renowned international scientists while providing a platform for young researchers to interact with the larger scientific community. This year’s program will focus on molecular aspects of mitochondria and diseases, mitochondria in inter- and intra-cellular communications, recent progress on mitochondria in biology and medicine and mitochondria as clinical focal points. The conference will consist of the main talk sessions combined with the presidential lecture by Professor Johan Auwerx (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland), and poster sessions. All speakers are the top experts in the field of mitochondrial research and medicine. Your participation through exchanging ideas and in-depth discussions will be a great contribution to the success of the KSMRM 2021. I would like to strongly encourage young researchers to join our conference and enjoy this exciting ‘JUMPING’.
Particularly, we are now on the global COVID-19 pandemic and fighting against it. Interestingly, the localization of viral RNA and proteins in mitochondria is important in SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and a hot issue of COVID-19 pathologies. An investigation into interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and host mitochondria will provide critical insights into JUMPING over COVID-19. Organizing committee and I will try to make it a memorable, scientific and social experience. I look forward to seeing you at the KSMRM 2021.