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Understanding the Retina: AMD and Exploratory Science

December 1st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

In medicine, innovative treatments don’t emerge out of thin air; they are the result of a series of advancements in our understanding of how genes, molecules, and cells interact. The human eye is no stranger to this rule. In fact, there is still much we don’t understand about the genetic and cellular foundations of sight….

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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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What Do Zebrafish Have To Do With Curing Blindness?

September 22nd, 2016 by FFB Canada

According to Dr. Sarah McFarlane, zebrafish hold important clues to restoring sight. These tiny, transparent, iridescent creatures provide Dr. McFarlane with a window into eye development, eye disease, and ultimately, to new treatments. In the blinding eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), vision loss occurs when cells in the eye begin to die. This process…

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Fish Eyes May Solve The Mystery

August 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Tiny zebrafish could reveal the key to effective cell transplantation. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a thin layer of cells that covers the back of the retina and is crucial for photoreceptor health. Defects in the RPE lead to photoreceptor degeneration, and loss of sight. One approach to treat eye diseases such as age-related…

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Investing In The Best: Our 2015 Operating Grant Winners

June 22nd, 2015 by FFB Canada

We only invest in the best research. But, how do we choose? How do we predict which research project is the most promising hope for the future? The answer is peer review—a tried and true method that is used around the world to critically evaluate new research. Studies show that this is the best way…

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