Accelerating a medical breakthrough for 500 million lung patients

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Back to nature: how farm milk prevents asthma

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Stem cells have the brilliant ability to repair what’s lost

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Accelerate groundbreaking research

We all hope and dream to live long, healthy lives. But severe chronic lung diseases such as COPD and asthma threaten this dream for 500 million people worldwide. Within 10 years, COPD will be the third cause of death worldwide according to the WHO. One day, researchers will find cures and preventive treatments. Crucial solutions that can and will become available much sooner when we join forces internationally. LONGFONDS | Accelerate has made this possible. Join us today.


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    It was announced that philanthropy magazine De Dikke Blauwe has voted Michael Rutgers as 'the most influential player in Dutch philanthropy'.

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Research projects

LONGFONDS | Accelerate focuses on asthma prevention and lung regeneration. Find out more about the groundbreaking research and the great promise.


Chronic lung disease causes 11.000 deaths each day


500 million people suffer from chronic lung disease


27.000 children hospitalized with breathing difficulties each year

in the Netherlands