APRIL 2014 - Share the laughter. See the hope. Join us for the 2014 Comic Vision tour & Comic Vision: Last Call - the most fun-filled, casual fundraising events of the season!
Cycle for Sight
JUNE 2014 - Join us for Cycle for Sight and enjoy the perfect one-day ride!
Ride for Sight
JUNE 2014 - Join us for Canada's biggest and longest-running motorcycle charity ride. The best party of the summer!
Vision Quest 2013
Listen to informative lectures and discussions from Vision Quest 2013!
News & Events
Celebrating 40 Years of Discovery
April 2, 2014 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness has just released
Celebrating 40 Years of Discovery: Our Report to Donors. It tells the story of Foundation-funded research in Canada, its impact and influence globally, and how these discoveries are evolving into sight-saving therapies.
Trial of Treatment to Slow Retinitis Pigmentosa Vision Loss Begins in Italy
Apr 15, 2014 - The eye drop uses a nerve growth factor to protect photoreceptors is already being tested to treat another rare eye disease, neurotrophic keratitis.
Accessible Media Inc. launches 2014 Scholarship Program
Apr 2, 2014 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness’ media partner, Accessible Media Inc., is launching a program to award two $5,000 scholarships per year to qualifying individuals, one of which is reserved for a student with a permanent disability.
Geneticist's Sight-Saving Contributions Recognized
Mar 31, 2014 - Dr. Jane Green’s pioneering research with Newfoundland and Labrador families has improved life for thousands of people with inherited retinal diseases - both inside and outside the province. This work has helped define and diagnose several eye diseases. Recently, she was honoured with the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A Link between Exercise and Vision Health
Mar 25, 2014 - Scientists report the first clear evidence of a link between exercise and retinal health and vision.
Petition to Support Rare Disease Treatment
Mar 14, 2014 - Inherited retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease are rare diseases. Because they affect relatively small populations, the process of testing and approving drugs for rare diseases often needs to be different.
In Canada we don’t have a special framework to test and approve rare disease treatments, but we urgently need one. Right now, only 60% of treatments for rare disorders make it into Canada and most are approved much later than in the USA and Europe, where such frameworks exists. Few trials for rare diseases happen in Canada. A commitment to a Canadian framework was announced by Canada’s Health Minister in 2012, and our regulatory agency has drafted it, but it has still not been published or approved.
New Compound May be the Basis of a Promising Drug to Reverse Retinal Blindness
Feb 21, 2014 - California researchers invent a new "photoswitch," which may give light-sensing capacity to retinal nerve cells potentially restoring vision to people with advanced retinal degenerative diseases.
Dr. Bill Stell Reflects on the Foundation History of Sight-Saving Research
Feb 10, 2014 - For nearly 30 years, Dr. Bill Stell has volunteered his time and scientific expertise to help the Foundation Fighting Blindness select and fund scientific projects with the power to make a difference. We talked to him about how the science has changed over the past 40 years, and why he continues to be a passionate advocate for the Foundation.
Shorcan Brokers Ltd. donates over $10,000 to help vision research
Feb 11, 2013 - The 16th annual Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Charity Day raised a total of $10,827 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This is the 6th year Shorcan, TMX Group's fixed income interdealer brokerage, has supported the Foundation, bringing their total contribution to $61,362!
The unique one-day event contributed proceeds from the day's trading to select charities, among them the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Testing the Safety of Induced Stem Cell Therapies
Feb 5, 2014 - Cells derived from induced pluipotent stem cells will soon be used in a clinical trial for dry age-related macular degeneration and may be used for other conditions as well. How are scientists addressing concerns about the potential cancer risk?
Forty years ago, Jay and Malca Marin applied to become a registered charity to fight blindness
Jan 20, 2014 - Forty years ago, Jay and Malca Marin applied to become a registered charity to fight blindness – and were rejected. But they didn’t give up. Instead, they dedicated their lives to creating the Foundation Fighting Blindness (then RP Foundation). Today, it’s Canada’s leading charity funding sight-saving research.
First gene therapy results for choroideremia suggest cautious optimism
Jan 16, 2014 - Results of the first six patients treated in the British gene therapy trial for choroideremia were released today. While many questions remain unanswered, the two most visually impaired participants experienced significant vision improvements. Canadian investigators at the University of Alberta will be able to build on these results, as the treatment of trial participants there will begin later this year.