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    Surprising Cell Transplantation Discovery Redirects Race to Restore Sight
    Ten years ago, scientists discovered that they could restore some vision to blind mice by cell transplantation. This watershed moment ushered in a golden era of stem cell research focused on treating blindness. Today, a surprising, paradigm-shifting discovery about cell transplantation offers a new explanation about how vision restoration occurs.
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    4 Big Predictions for Vision Research in 2017
    Last year was full of remarkable developments in vision science. Important discoveries in stem cell biology filled in key knowledge gaps, while advancements in gene therapy moved optogenetics from the realm of science fiction to reality. Here are four key developments to look forward to in 2017.
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    The Race to Restore Sight (VIDEO)
    At the Foundation Fighting Blindness we are motivated by a singular goal: develop new treatments for blindness and vision loss. Check out our latest video about the most exciting areas of research, and read about our Top 10 Discoveries of 2016.
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    Power In Partnerships
    Gene therapy pioneer, Dr. Robert Molday, highlights the FFB's 30-year relationship with the University of British Columbia.
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    Hope & Healing: Molly Burke's Inspiring Journey
    Over one million Canadians are living with retinal eye diseases. Read Molly’s story and join us to restore hope and sight.
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The Foundation Fighting Blindness leads the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness.

FFB News

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Restore Vision 20/20: New Initiative Opens Up Greater Potential for Discovery

February 22nd, 2017 by FFB Canada

There are no cures for blindness. Once someone has lost their vision to a blinding retinal eye disease there are no treatments that can fully restore sight. This is a problem, especially because it is estimated that 1 in 9 Canadians will develop irreversible vision loss by the age of 65. In 2017, thanks to…

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Let’s Talk Research With Dr. Mary Sunderland (Facebook Live Series)

February 13th, 2017 by FFB Canada

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Foundation Fighting Blindness sends out our e-newsletter featuring the latest and most exciting research breakthroughs. The following Friday, our very own Director of Research and Education, Dr. Mary Sunderland, takes to our Facebook page to do a live broadcast discussion of the articles featured in the e-newsletter,…

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Scientists Are Developing an Eye Drop to Treat Inherited Blinding Eye Diseases

February 3rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

START therapy is a bold plan to treat inherited blinding eye disease with an eye drop. Here at the FFB, we are excited about the research that Dr. Cheryl Gregory-Evans and her team are doing to make START therapy a reality. If successful, START therapy could be used to treat a variety of different genetic…

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On The Road to Personalized Therapies for Blindness: New Study Reveals Why Genetic Testing is Vital

January 31st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Every day, my research is focused on developing an effective treatment for the blinding eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Recently, we made an alarming discovery: the SAME drug makes some genetic forms of RP better and others worse. This means that knowing the genetic cause of RP is essential. Our FFB-funded, award-winning research project is…

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