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World’s First Experimental Therapy Involving Reprogrammed Donor Stem Cells Aims to Treat Macular Degeneration

April 4th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are frequently in the news. At the FFB, we love reading about stem cell discoveries, but high-frequency reporting can make it challenging to identify truly significant breakthroughs, such as the one from last week: “Japanese man is the first to receive ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells from another person.” The story, published in a prestigious…

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The Biology of Treating Blindness with Stem Cells

March 29th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Gilbert Bernier has a plan to cure blindness. His plan involves coaxing stem cells to become sheets of precious cone photoreceptors – the eye’s light-sensitive cells – and then transplanting them into blind eyes to restore vision. Dr. Bernier made headlines a few years ago with his tremendously important FFB-funded discovery that uncovered an…

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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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New Gene-editing Tool Restores Partial Vision in Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

November 18th, 2016 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

At the beginning of 2016, I predicted CRISPR would be one of the key areas to follow throughout the year. I was right! This week delivered another CRISPR-fueled breakthrough that is making headlines. Scientists have created a new gene-editing tool that can be used in conjunction with CRISPR to edit adult cells in live animals…

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Accelerating The Development of a Stem Cell Therapy For Vision Loss

March 8th, 2016 by FFB Canada

The race to develop a sight-restorative stem cell therapy is speeding up in Canada, thanks to a team of scientists and clinicians led by Dr. Valerie Wallace at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Wallace was recently awarded a prestigious Accelerator Fund from the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine (OIRM) for her project Overcoming…

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2016 Research Breakthroughs: 3 Areas to Watch

January 11th, 2016 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

It is notoriously difficult to predict the next big scientific discovery… but, it’s fun to try! Here are some of the research areas that we will be watching very closely over the coming year. CRISPR Everyone is talking about the new gene-editing tool: CRISPR. Once an obscure laboratory tool, CRISPR became a media sensation last…

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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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Restoring Vision with Stem Cells

November 17th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded researchers have succeeded in producing large amounts of human photoreceptors from stem cells. These new findings by Dr. Gilbert Bernier from the University of Montreal fuel our hope in the potential of stem cells to treat vision loss. Dr. Bernier’s research is making the news because his team has developed a highly effective technique for producing light…

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Spotlight on Stem Cells: Will They Work For You?

September 30th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Over the past few days, there has been much excitement about the latest clinical trial involving stem cells. With headlines boasting a new “stem cell treatment to cure vision loss” – of course people are excited! But, what does this really mean? In this new spotlight on stem cells, we’ll dig a little deeper to…

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