Posts By: FFB Canada

Will Gene Therapies Win the Race to Restore Sight?

June 1st, 2017 by FFB Canada

There is a lot of optimism for the potential to treat inherited eye diseases with gene therapy. Around the world, scientists are exploring ways to fix the genetic errors that lead to gene-based diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), editing or creating from scratch the genetic instructions that make sight…

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Experimental Gene Therapy Completes Critical Regulatory Step

May 26th, 2017 by FFB Canada

For a long time, gene therapy—the idea that genes could be used as a medical treatment—was just that: an idea. Last week, that idea took a leap forward towards becoming a reality when the company, Spark Therapeutics, completed a key application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If successful, this application would make Spark’s…

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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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How Can the FFB Help to Improve Your Vision Health Journey?

May 25th, 2017 by FFB Canada

What is it like to live with a blinding eye disease in Canada? Do you have access to the vision care resources that you need? How can the FFB help to improve your vision health journey? These are the questions that motivate the FFB’s Vision Care Pathways project, an initiative that aims to help you…

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Announcing AMI-audio Show Podcasts

May 24th, 2017 by FFB Canada

AMI-audio creates diverse and inclusive content focused on the blind and low vision community. Through its two daily live programs, Live from Studio 5 and Kelly and Company, AMI-audio covers a variety of news, information and community happenings in the blind and low vision community across Canada. Live from Studio 5 airs weekday mornings at…

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On The Road: Advancing Vision Health Policy in Ottawa

May 16th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Earlier this month, I went to Ottawa to represent the Foundation Fighting Blindness in a vision health forum on Parliament Hill. Actually, let me backpedal for a second to introduce myself: I’m Dr. Chad Andrews, the new Research & Education Officer at the FFB. I’ve been with the Foundation since late February. A big part…

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Let’s Talk Research with Dr. Mary Sunderland & Dr. Brian Ballios (Video)

May 15th, 2017 by FFB Canada

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Foundation Fighting Blindness sends out our e-newsletter featuring the latest and most exciting research breakthroughs. Soon after each e-newsletter, our very own Director of Research and Education, Dr. Mary Sunderland, takes to our Facebook page to do a live broadcast discussion of the articles featured in the…

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Relay Rowing Team Races to Canada Day Celebrations

May 8th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 15, Jean-Christophe learned sculling, an accessible low-impact sport that would keep him active as his vision deteriorated into adulthood. Despite his diagnosis, Jean-Christophe takes buses and walks the streets of Toronto where he now lives and serves as a Director of the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association. Jean-Christophe is an unrelenting…

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CRISPR Breakthrough: Restoring Vision by Reprogramming Cells

April 25th, 2017 by FFB Canada

The eye’s photoreceptor cells are essential for vision because of their unique ability to convert light into visual signals. The loss of photoreceptors is at the root of many blinding eye diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Stargardt Disease – to name just a few. Restoring photoreceptors therefore has tremendous therapeutic…

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