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Survival of the Fittest: Sustaining Cells Through Transplantation

December 18th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

In many retinal diseases, vision loss occurs when cells that are crucial for vision are damaged or lost. This is the case, for example, in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa, choroideremia, and Stargardt disease. To reverse vision loss resulting from these and similar diseases, we need to develop and refine our ability to replace…

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Cell Transplantation to Restore Vision: Winning Team Receives $275,000

May 26th, 2017 by FFB Canada

We are celebrating at the FFB today! Everyday, our goal is to drive the development of new treatments for blinding eye disease and today we had an infusion of critical support from the Ontario government! Thanks to the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine (OIRM), which is supported by funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research,…

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4 Big Predictions for Vision Research in 2017

January 10th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Last year was full of remarkable developments in vision science. Important discoveries in stem cell biology filled in key knowledge gaps, while advancements in gene therapy moved optogenetics from the realm of science fiction to reality (check out our top 10 discoveries from 2016). Here are four key developments to look forward to in 2017….

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Surprising Cell Transplantation Discovery Redirects Race to Restore Sight

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Ten years ago, scientists discovered that they could restore some vision to blind mice by cell transplantation. This watershed moment ushered in a golden era of stem cell research focused on treating blindness. Today, a surprising discovery offers a new explanation about how vision restoration occurs. Previously, scientists thought that stem cell transplantation worked by…

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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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Moving Toward a Stem Cell Transplantation Therapy: FFB-funded Researchers Develop New Tool to Fuel Progress

May 10th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Transplanting photoreceptors (the eye’s light sensing cells) to restore sight is sometimes described as the “holy grail” of potential therapies. This is because it has the potential to help so many people living with a variety of different blinding eye diseases. In the laboratory, research has shown that it is possible to replace lost photoreceptors…

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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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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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Translating Discoveries Into Treatments: What Can Patients Do?

September 16th, 2015 by FFB Canada

How can we translate scientific discoveries into new treatments? In Canada, we are fortunate that top thinkers across the country are working on this question. The answer requires contributions from research scientists and medical doctors, but it also needs the expertise of people from many different sectors, including industry and government. Importantly, the effective translation…

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