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Top 10 Things We Learned at Vision Quest 2017

November 7th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Vision Quest is the FFB’s educational program series that brings trusted information about emerging sight-saving treatments to people living with vision loss. This year, Vision Quest brought together more than 860 people at 9 different events across Canada. The entire FFB staff participates in Vision Quest because it gives us the opportunity to learn directly…

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Clinical Updates: Therapies For Inherited Blinding Eye Diseases

April 21st, 2016 by FFB Canada

Special guest story by Dr. Robert K. Koenekoop MD PhD Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Molecular Biologist Professor of Paediatric surgery McGill University For the first time in the history of medicine we are seeing, developing, and testing treatments for blindness. At the same time, we are testing the safety and effectiveness of personalized medicines with gene…

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Rising Above: Shaini’s Story

March 24th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Story guest authored by Shaini Saravanamuthu. Shaini is a member of the National Young Leaders Program at the Foundation Fighting Blindness. February 19, 2011 is a day that I will never forget. As I patiently waited in my new optometrist’s waiting room, I hoped that my vision hadn’t changed. My biggest worry at the time was spending…

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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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Treating Blindness With A Pill

October 26th, 2015 by FFB Canada

An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness,…

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New Montreal Partnership to Accelerate Vision Research

October 6th, 2015 by FFB Canada

This past weekend, we were delighted to bring our educational conference series, Vision Quest, to Montréal for the very first time. We were honoured to be in Montréal for three key reasons. First, the people. Second, the research. And third, to celebrate our new partnership with the Montréal Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF). 1. The People…

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New Genetic Discovery Helps Solve the Mystery of Childhood Blindess

January 9th, 2015 by FFB Canada

“It was like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Dr. Robert Koenekoop. “It was so obvious to all of us that this was big.” With ongoing support from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), Dr. Koenekoop has spent more than a decade searching for genes that could open up new sight-saving therapies. What makes this…

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Genetic Testing & Retinitis Pigmentosa

May 6th, 2014 by FFB Canada

For the past 20 years, scientists have been discovering the genetic mutations that underlie inherited retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa. As the technology to evaluate genetic mutations becomes more readily available, scientists are able to look at and evaluate samples from a large number of people. Finding genes and mutations are important, as this endeavour…

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