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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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How Do Stem Cells Become Eye Cells?

January 26th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Stem cells have the potential to become any kind of cell. This flexibility is what makes them so intriguing to medical scientists who hope to harness this potential to generate new cell therapies. Over the past few decades, scientists have demonstrated that they can coax stem cells to become skin cells, muscle cells, and brain…

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Game Changing Results Confirm the Potential of Stem Cells to Restore Sight

December 23rd, 2015 by FFB Canada

New results demonstrate the clinical potential of stem cells to restore sight. This breakthrough study fuels our hope in the sight-saving power of stem cells! A team of scientists from Japan recently confirmed the ability of human stem cell-derived retina to form mature photoreceptors after transplantation! These results are especially promising because the team performed…

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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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Combining Stem Cells & Gene Therapy for a ‘Smart’ Sight-Saving Treatment

June 19th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Dr. Andras Nagy is world-renowned for discovering a method to create stem cells from other cells of the body, a breakthrough which overcame a major hurdle in regenerative medicine. He is also widely recognized for his research that manipulates how cells express different molecules. In his new Foundation-funded project, he is using this expertise to…

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How Do Stem Cells Become Photoreceptors?

February 17th, 2015 by FFB Canada

For people living with blinding eye diseases, stem cell therapies are often considered the ‘holy grail’ of potential treatments. This is because stem cells have the ability to make all of the different cells in the eye that are needed for vision. For this reason, many researchers are searching for ways to use stem cells…

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Spotlight on Stem Cells: Interview with Dr. Saeed Khalili

October 29th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Dr. Saeed Khalili, our BMO Financial Group Post-Doctoral Fellow in Retinal Research grant recipient, shared his views with us about how exciting developments in stem cell therapeutics are shaping his research, the future of regenerative medicine, and what motivates him to go to the lab every morning. FFB: What inspired you to start working on retinal…

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