The diagnostic work-up for suspected mitochondrial disease (mito) is a step-wise procedure, with GPs playing a key role. Much of the work is done by an initial comprehensive review of the individual’s symptoms and family history. Clinical investigations are commenced by the GP to complete the systems review and confirm any symptomatology. Join metabolic physician and clinical geneticist Prof David Coman as he discusses the various diagnostic tests, organ or multi-system assessments available in primary care.
MBBS MPhil FRACP
Professor David Coman is a Metabolic Physician and Clinical Geneticist at Department of Neuroscience / Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He gained wide exposure to General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Clinical Genetics and Metabolic Medicine through training positions in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Melbourne, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, he completed his General Paediatric Training in 2005 and sub-specialty training in 2006.David’s area of expertise is in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. The diagnosis of a rare disease is often delayed because of their small numbers and complex nature. He is a passionate rare disease advocate and engages with multiple rare disease support groups.
He has an active interest in research and was awarded a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2007. Currently, he is involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with Inherited Genetic Disorders. He is the director of a national clinical-translational clinic for Ataxia Telangiectasia and an active research member of Australian Genomic Health Alliance. Also, he is actively getting involved in the teaching of medical students and paediatric trainees. Besides being the Academic Lead for Paediatrics for the UnitingCare Clinical School, he currently holds academic appointments at The University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University.