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Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

“Discover Your Path” was the theme of the FFB’s Vision Quest educational events in 2016. We visited four Canadian cities, hosted seven different events, and got to meet more than 750 attendees, clinicians, scientists, exhibitors and volunteers! We were also thrilled to live- broadcast our Toronto session about clinical trials, which has been viewed more…

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Top 10 Discoveries Driving the Race to Restore Sight in 2016

November 30th, 2016 by FFB Canada

At the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) we are motivated by a singular goal: develop new treatments for blindness and vision loss. This goal fuels all of the research that we fund. Today, we know more about blinding eye diseases than ever before. This knowledge is power because it shows us where to direct our resources…

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Watch Our Facebook Live Videos From The Vision Quest Toronto Retinal Disease Session

November 8th, 2016 by FFB Canada

On November 4, 2016, we presented our Vision Quest educational session on retinal diseases to a live audience in Toronto. A panel of Canada’s top vision researchers discussed the latest advancements in gene therapy and stem cell science, and answered questions from our guests. We also broadcast the session online to our Facebook community with…

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Everything You Need To Know About Clinical Trials

October 11th, 2016 by FFB Canada

What is a clinical trial? Clinical trials are experiments that test whether a new intervention, such as a drug or surgery, will work in people. The main goal of clinical trials is to determine if the new intervention is safe and effective. Why use the word intervention instead of treatment? When talking about clinical trials,…

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Stephanie Kowal on Ethical Communications

September 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

What do you want to know about clinical trials for your children? Clinical trials for gene and stem cell therapies for genetic eye disease are underway. If these early phase trials are successful, they will include children in later phases. Good communication about the risks and benefits of clinical trials is essential. Parents need to…

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Vision Quest Educational Tour Announces First Two 2016 Cities

February 19th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Header Photo Caption: L-R: Dr. Riz Somani, Dr. Matt Tennant, Dr. Ioannis (John) Dimopoulos, Prof. Robert MacLaren, Dr. Ian MacDonald, Janice Hengsbach RN, Dr. Markus Groppe and Dr. Paul Freund. In 2015, the FFB’s Vision Quest educational series involved a record breaking number of participants: 1288! We hosted six educational events across Canada – starting…

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‘As I See It’ Podcast

January 26th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Dr. Shawn Maloney is a scientist, an entrepreneur, a dad, a sports aficionado and an adventurer. He is also an expert on the blinding eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which involves the gradual loss of the eye’s light-sensing photoreceptor cells. He became an expert by studying vision science at McGill University and Harvard, but he…

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Top 10 Discoveries of 2015

December 11th, 2015 by FFB Canada

In 2015, the Foundation invested in research to understand vision, preserve vision, and restore sight. All of the Foundation’s funded projects are “translational” research, which means that the long-term goal of each project is to develop new treatments for vision loss and blindness. (Watch our video recap of the Top 10 Discoveries of 2015, or…

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