Posts By: FFB Canada

Racing Against the Clock

January 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Unless there is a research breakthrough very soon, Shelagh Anson’s children will lose their sight in their teens. Rowan and Caroline were born with Usher Syndrome, a disease that affects hearing and sight. They’ve both had hearing problems from day one, but cochlear implants have helped with that. They also have difficulties with balance, but…

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2017 in Review: The Most-Read FFB Stories of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 by FFB Canada

At the FFB, we love writing about vision research. In 2017, we wrote more than 50 stories to share news about stem cell discoveries, CRISPR gene-editing, promising new drug therapies, and emerging treatments for blinding eye disease. Have you read them all? The best place to start is with our top 10 most-read stories of…

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Give the Gift of Sight

November 27th, 2017 by FFB Canada

When my son Bennett was born, he was a beautiful, healthy baby boy. My husband and I couldn’t have been happier. But 10 weeks later, we got shocking news that knocked us off our feet – our little boy had a rare eye disease called juvenile retinoschisis and there was no cure. What we learned…

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A Visit with Dr. Netan Choudry at his Clinic [Facebook Live] (Video)

November 23rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live Session from November 23, 2017, with Dr. Netan Choudhry, a world-renowned retina expert! We were excited to visit him in his clinic, the Vitreous Retina Macula Specialists of Toronto, and talk with him about his current work! CLICK HERE to view more Facebook Live videos. MAKE A DONATION TODAY

New Gene That Could Cure Blindness [Facebook Live] (Video)

November 10th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live Session from November 10, 2017, where the FFB’s Research and Education Team, Dr. Mary Sunderland and Dr. Chad Andrews, discussed a new gene that could cure blindness and our top learnings from Vision Quest. CLICK HERE to view more Facebook Live videos. MAKE A DONATION TODAY

Announcing our Year-End Campaign: Let’s Bring the Fight

November 7th, 2017 by FFB Canada

This year, our donors and supporters have helped FFB-funded researchers lead the fight against blindness and vision loss. As we approach the end of 2017, we still need your help to ensure that all of the crucial vision research that we’ve committed to support will receive funding. So, we are launching our Let’s Bring the Fight…

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Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

November 1st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Brian Ballios has restored vision in mice, but he is not stopping there. He is on a mission to develop stem cell therapies for people living with blindness and has a plan to get there. Dr. Ballios and other clinician-scientists are essential players in the translation of pre-clinical vision research into clinical trials and…

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Let’s Talk Technology With Dr. Mary Sunderland [September 2017 Facebook Live](VIDEO)

September 19th, 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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Assistive Technology and Living with Retinal Disorders

August 31st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. Living with vision loss caused by retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration can make everyday tasks seem daunting. How do we continue to enjoy reading books, magazines, and newspapers? How do we confidently walk about the neighbourhood without the fear of becoming lost? How do we…

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Protect Your Photoreceptors During Monday’s Solar Eclipse

August 18th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Excitement abounds for the solar eclipse this Monday, August 21, when the moon will briefly pass between the Sun and the Earth. So-called “total eclipses” such as Monday’s offer a rare opportunity to view the full majesty of our most visible celestial neighbours, if only briefly. But if eclipse-gazing is on your schedule, it’s important…

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