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The Evolution of Leigh Syndrome

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Join us on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Noon EST/9 a.m. PST as Dr. Mary Kay Koenig discusses "The Evolution of Leigh Syndrome"

 Talking points include:

  • Understanding the history of Leigh Syndrome
  • Understanding Leigh Syndrome, and
  • Current treatment
About The Speaker: 

Mary Kay Koenig, MD
Associate Professor
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Houston, TX 

Dr. Mary Kay Koenig joined the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child & Adolescent Neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in July of 2007.  Dr. Koenig is an internationally renowed Child Neurologist with expertise in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Mitochondrial Medicine.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas in Austin, her master’s degree in Microbiology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and her medical degree from St. Georges School of Medicine. 

Dr. Koenig completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and her fellowship in Child Neurology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.  Dr. Koenig is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Endowed Chair of Mitochondrial Medicine.  Dr. Koenig serves as the Director for the University of Texas Neurometabolic and Mitochondrial Center of Excellence, the Director for the Leigh syndrome Clinic, the Co-Director for the University of Texas Tuberous Sclerosis Center, and the Co-Director for the University of Texas Lysosomal Storage Disease Center.

Dr. Koenig regularly presents abstracts at national meetings, has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and contributed four book chapters.  She conducts active clinical research programs in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Mitochondrial disease, Neurometabolic disease, and Leigh syndrome working with a team of clinical research specialists including a junior faculty member and 4 research coordinators.

Dr. Koenig is an active speaker, regularly educating her peers at local, national, and international conferences.  She serves on the boards of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Professional Advisory Board.  She is currently Chair of the Department of Defense United States Medical Research and Material Command Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Tuberous Sclerosis Research Program Integration Panel and was previously a member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Pediatrics subcommittee.  Dr. Koenig is an editorial member of the Journal of Child Neurology and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many other world-renowned scientific journals.  In addition to her clinical and research responsibilities Dr. Koenig has a passion for educating and mentoring new residents and junior faculty members.

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