Andy Marks is a skier, a boxer and a bowler. He also enjoys movies, plays backgammon and is a stand-up comedian. His activities don’t seem too far out of the norm for a 31 year old. The difference is that Andy is blind. Andy is living with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON).
“Nina faces challenges every day. I wanted to honor Nina by pushing myself with something I love to do and the things she can’t.”
UMDF’s 2020 Energy Award winner is Ryan Eberly from Gordonville, PA. Ryan first learned about UMDF shortly after he was diagnosed eight years ago with CPEO Plus with mitochondrial myopathy which was caused by a POLG mutation.
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“When I went to my first symposium, it was a really big deal, because I realized we were not alone.”
“UMDF has been a light in our life. They have supported my family in so many ways and have offered so much hope to me and to thousands of mito families.”
UMDF awards grants to researchers and clinicians focused on advancing science in the field of mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of a surprising range of very common illnesses and conditions, and a promising new avenue for their treatment.
The conventional teaching in biology and medicine is that mitochondria function only as “energy factories” for the cell.
UMDF provides the research community the opportunity to share abstracts of their projects during the Mitochondrial Medicine Symposium.