About the INFORM Network Organizing Committee

Jerry Vockley, MD, PhD
Jerry Vockley, MD, PhD Co-Chair and Scientific Organizer of the International Network for Fatty Acid Oxidation Research and Management (INFORM)
Cleveland Family Professor of Pediatric Research, School of Medicine Professor of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health Chief of Medical Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Director of the Center for Rare Disease Therapy, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vockley received his undergraduate degree at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his degree in Medicine and Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and his postdoctoral fellowship in Human Genetics and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Before assuming his current position in Pittsburgh and becoming a co-chair of INFORM, Dr. Vockley was Chair of Medical Genetics in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

Dr. Vockley is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of inborn errors of metabolism and fatty acid oxidation disorders research. His lab has been responsible for identifying multiple new disorders since the year 2000, many of them defects in mitochondrial energy metabolism, and he has published over 200 scientific articles in peer review journals. His current research focuses on the molecular architecture of mitochondrial energy metabolism, in which he is breaking new ground in describing the role of dysfunction of mitochondrial energy metabolism in such common conditions as diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer disease. Dr. Vockley has served on numerous national and international scientific boards including the Advisory Committee (to the Secretary of Health and Human Services) on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children where he was chair of the technology committee. He is co-chair of the International Network on Fatty Acid Oxidation Research and Therapy. He also serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and the American College of Medical Genetics Therapeutics Committee. He is a past president of the International Organizing Committee for the International Congress on Inborn Errors of Metabolism and the Society for the Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD). He is also a volunteer medical advisor for several parent and family support groups including the Fatty Acid Oxidation Family Support Group, Save Babies through Screening, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, and the Organic Academia Support Group. He speaks at multiple family support functions throughout the year for CanPKU and the NPKU Alliance.

Dr. Vockley is the co-founder and editor of the North American Metabolic Academy, established by the SIMD to help educate the next generation of metabolic physicians in the United States, and serves as associate editor for the journal Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. Dr. Vockley was recognized in 2002 as the Research Educator of the Year while at the Mayo Clinic. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Vockley teaches in both the Medical School and Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Vockley has mentored numerous Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates in their research.

Ute Spiekerkötter, MD
Ute Spiekerkötter, MD Co-Chair INFORM Network
Besides being the Co-Chair of the International Network for Fatty Acid Oxidation Research and Management (INFORM), Professor Spiekerkötter is the Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University Children’s Hospital in Freiburg, Germany.

Nicola Longo, MD, PhD
Nicola Longo, MD, PhDScientific Organizer INFORM Network
Along with being on the committee for the International Network for Fatty Acid Oxidation Research and Management (INFORM),
Dr. Nicola Longo, M.D. Ph.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at the University of Utah and Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics.

Michael Bennett, PhD
Michael Bennett, PhD
Dr. Bennett is the Director of the Michael J. Palmieri Metabolic Laboratory and a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has more than 34 years of training and experience in Clinical Chemistry with an emphasis on Pediatric Laboratory Medicine.

Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD
Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD
A proud member of the INFORM Network committee, Dr. Gillingham is also an Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Medical Genetics Department and the program coordinator for the Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University.

Daniela Karall, MD
Daniela Karall, MD
Besides being an active member of INFORM Network, Professor Karall is responsible for inherited metabolic disorders in her current position as a Consultant to the Department for Child and Adolescent Medicine at Medical University of Innsbruck.

Keith McIntire
Keith McIntireINFORM Program Manager
As the Program Manager of INFORM Network, Keith is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Pittsburgh-based FAOD program including overseeing fundraising, marketing, and the development and maintenance of the INFORM and Virtual Tissue Bank websites.

Rikke KJ Olsen
Rikke KJ OlsenINFORM Member
Rikke KJ Olsen has a master degree in molecular biology and a PhD in medicine and she currently holds a position as associate professor at the Research Unit for Molecular Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Kimihiko Oishi, M.D.
Kimihiko Oishi, M.D.Organizing Committee member.
Dr. Kimihiko Oishi, M.D., is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, and Vice Chair of the Japanese Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases.

“The challenge with being on the cutting edge is that you are always dealing with things that didn’t happen yesterday.”


“I appreciate that INFORM always provides us the most advanced, the most professional, and the most comprehensive information about defects of beta-oxidation.”


“INFORM brings together the best and brightest researchers and physicians from around the world to discuss
cutting edge research and best and new practices in fatty acid oxidation disorders”.


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