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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 passionately about

Prize awarded to winner

Right Now

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

Right now….there is a scientist whose innovation may bring about an end to Leigh’s Syndrome.

Right now… people affected by mitochondrial disease need energy.

YOUR energy can help….but we need to go fast.


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 most passionate about, and ultimately see the difference their contribution makes.

In addition to the opportunity to jumpstart discovery of the next generation of mitochondrial disease researcher our Accelerators receive:

  • Name listing on
  • Name listing in UMDF Annual Impact Report
  • An invitation to the accelerators Reception at the annual Symposium

  • 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 $1,000 or more (cumulatively in a year) you unlock your accelerators benefits!  Whether you are giving through a special event, a designated fund or as a tribute to a patient; no matter how you give, when you reach the accelerator level you join a group of engaged philanthropists who 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 jump-starting their discovery… right now.

Ready To Join Us?

Become an Accelerator