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How It Works

UMDF earmarks the accelerators prize
($50,000 in 2019)

Grant applications submitted by promising post-doctoral fellows

Applications reviewed and finalists selected by UMDF Scientific and Medical Advisory Board

3-5 finalists prepare “fast pitches” to be broadcast live at UMDF Symposium

Each accelerator casts one vote for the project they feel most passionate about

Prize awarded to winner

Right Now

Right now… a researcher in a lab believes her theory could cure mitochondrial myopathy.

Right now… a scientist believes his innovation may bring about an end to Leigh’s Syndrome.

Right now… people affected by mitochondrial disease need energy…and YOUR energy can help….but we need to go fast.

It could be an innovation that will find the cause of mitochondrial disease.  Or, it may be the research that develops  an effective treatment.  Now is the time to accelerate that science from bench to bedside. Our patients and families are counting on your energy to help UMDF move faster toward a cure.


Your gift = Your vote

Our accelerators are engaged philanthropists.  Through our annual livestream-pitch event, our members have the opportunity to cast their vote for the project they feel the most passionate about, and ultimately see the difference their contribution makes.

In addition to the opportunity to jumpstart discovery for the next generation of mitochondrial disease researchers, our accelerators receive:

  • Name listing on
  • Name listing in UMDF annual impact report
  • Name recognition at the annual Symposium
  • accelerators lapel pin

  • accelerators social media badge

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Your involvement matters

Innovation, speed and agility are key to finding effective treatments for mitochondrial disease. Your support is the beginning. Accelerating the research could lead to a cure.

Become an accelerator

When you give $500 or more (cumulatively in a year) you unlock your accelerators benefits! No matter how you give – through a special event, to a designated fund or as a tribute to a patient – when you reach the accelerators level you join a group of engaged philanthropists. You will get a first-hand look at the promising ideas being developed in mitochondrial disease research.

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Our Mission

To promote research and education for the
diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders
and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

Funding the Next Generation

Innovative treatments and cures are on the horizon.
We’re jumpstarting their discoveries – right now…

With your generous support, UMDF continues
our promise of accelerating the work of scientists
who are working fast toward a cure.

Our Accelerators

Mr. Scott Aberle
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Abraham
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Abrahams
Mr. Omar Abu-Sitta
Mrs. Ruth Adams
Mr. and Mrs. Josh Albertson
Dr. Stephen Alkus
Ms. B J Anderson
Mr. W Kelvin Anderson
Mrs. Hannah Appel
Ken Arnold
Mr. J. Ronald Aronson
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Aruti
Ms. Jesse Rae Atkinson
Mr. Joseph Auth
Mr. Matthew Bain
Mr. Thomas Baker
Mrs. Cheryl Baker
Mr. Michael Bartholomew
Ms. Rosemarie Bastone
Ms. Dolly Belfer
Dr. and Mrs. Bob Belfer
Mr. John Belk
Mr. William Bellows
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benedon
Mr. Kyndel Bennett
Dr. James Betti
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Biller
Mrs. Lorraine Biscardi
Mr. Bryan Bleibdrey
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Mr. Thomas Bolger
Mr. Jonathan Bollman
Mr. and Mrs. Laird Bone
Mr. and Mrs. David Bonney
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Boory
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bradner
Mrs. and Mr. Teresa Bradshaw
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Mr. Brandon Breslow
Mr. George Breslow
Ms. Beth Bressler
Mr. Nicholas Briana
Ms. Robin Brinkmeyer
Mr. Robert Bromm
Mr. David Brown
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Sam Bullard
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Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cain
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Mr. and Mrs. David Chapman
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Dr. David Charney
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Ms. Lynn Clark
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Mr. Stephen Cobb
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Ms. Cheryl Coleman
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Connor Farotte
Mr. Lyle Farrand
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Mr. and Mrs. Brian Greene
Dr. Nancy Gress
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Mrs. Joyce Hacault
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Mr. Hooper Hardison
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