Posts By: Dr. Chad Andrews

National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

July 30th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

“My perception of leadership has changed. I believe that leadership is not just about being a leader for yourself, but for your team and for what you stand for.” – 2018 Young Leaders Summit attendee The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s National Young Leaders Program is unique in Canada. Launched in 2015, it brings together youth affected…

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The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

June 12th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Like any part of the human body, the eye only functions when its various parts communicate effectively—when they “talk” to one another, in other words. In fact, the importance of communication is heightened in the body’s more complex components, and the eye is certainly one of these: we know that vision is the result of…

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Why Advocating for Better Vision Health Policy Matters

June 7th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

When the FFB was founded in 1974, little was know about blinding eye diseases, and even less about the genetic factors underlying inherited forms of blindness. Today that landscape has shifted enormously: we’ve pinpointed many—though not all—of the genes involved in degenerative vision loss, and have a much clearer picture of the biology of the…

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2018 National Young Leaders Summit: Register Now!

December 28th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is thrilled to announce details for this year’s National Young Leaders Summit. The event will take place in Toronto on the evening of Friday, March 9 and during the day on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We are partnering with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to hold the Summit at their Community Hub at…

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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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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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The Value of iPSCs for Stem Cell Therapy

November 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Stem cell therapy has emerged as one of the most promising approaches in the fight to end blindness, and Dr. Gilbert Bernier’s research has played an enormous role in pushing the field forward. By developing new techniques to turn induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into sheets of cone photoreceptors, Dr. Bernier and his team are…

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New Master Control Gene Provides Key Insights into Restoring Vision

October 31st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

With support from the FFB community, Dr. Michel Cayouette’s research is advancing the field of stem cell therapy in extraordinary ways; it is doing so by illuminating how stem cells are produced, how they turn into other cells, and the role they play in the overall biology of the human eye. Dr. Cayouette’s ultimate goal?…

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Video: Dr. Netan Choudhry Discusses AMD, Genetics, and Emerging Treatments

October 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

It’s been an incredible year for Vision Quest, the FFB’s premier educational series, with events already held in Vancouver, Sudbury, Timmins, St. John’s, and Toronto. The most recent session, an AMD-focused Lunch & Learn at the Toronto Reference Library, featured the world-renowned vitreoretinal surgeon Dr. Netan Choudhry. His talk was both illuminating and expansive, encompassing…

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Could Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize the Treatment of Eye Diseases?

September 5th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Artificial intelligence is in the news more frequently than ever, but it’s not typically associated with vision research. That may not be the case for long: incredible progress is being made in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to the detection and prognosis of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy….

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