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Experimental Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration Restores Vision

March 21st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are making headlines again! This is good news, especially for those living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common blinding eye disease in people over the age of 50. Macular degeneration accounts for almost 50 percent of all visual impairment in the developed world and affects more than a million Canadians. The…

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Four Vision Research and Treatment Trends to Watch in 2018   

January 22nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

With the December 2017 announcement that the world’s first ocular gene therapy had received approval by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there’s no doubt that 2017 was a landmark year for gene therapy. Looking back, 2017 was a year of firsts, including the first stem cell therapy clinical trial for macular degeneration…

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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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Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

“Discover Your Path” was the theme of the FFB’s Vision Quest educational events in 2016. We visited four Canadian cities, hosted seven different events, and got to meet more than 750 attendees, clinicians, scientists, exhibitors and volunteers! We were also thrilled to live- broadcast our Toronto session about clinical trials, which has been viewed more…

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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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One Step Closer To A “Smart” Stem Cell Therapy

August 16th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Today, there are no approved stem-cell treatments for blinding eye diseases. Dr. Andras Nagy’s research is trying to solve this problem by developing a safe and “smart” stem-cell therapy. To do this, his research team is combining gene therapy and stem cell therapy to generate specialized stem cells that have been genetically modified to release…

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A Sight for Sore Eyes: Using Gene Therapy and Gene Editing to Treat Blindness

April 21st, 2016 by FFB Canada

Story guest authored by Erik Fraunberger, a neuroscience graduate student at the Alberta Children’s Health Research Institute in Calgary, Alberta. We live in exciting times! With each passing day, we get one step closer to safely and effectively treating the vision diseases that affect more than a million Canadians. In recent years, scientists and clinicians have been…

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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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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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