Posts By: FFB Canada

Barbara Embodies the Fight Against Blindness

April 12th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Barbara Milner is both deaf and blind. At 58 years old, she has lived her entire life with a condition called Usher syndrome—a rare genetic disorder that leads to acute hearing and vision loss. Those who live with the disease must often confront isolation, loneliness, and profound social barriers. As we at the Foundation Fighting…

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World’s First Experimental Therapy Involving Reprogrammed Donor Stem Cells Aims to Treat Macular Degeneration

April 4th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are frequently in the news. At the FFB, we love reading about stem cell discoveries, but high-frequency reporting can make it challenging to identify truly significant breakthroughs, such as the one from last week: “Japanese man is the first to receive ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells from another person.” The story, published in a prestigious…

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Halting Cell Death to Save Vision

April 3rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

It is a fundamental principle in biology: eventually, everything dies. Dr. Philippe Monnier is no stranger to the principle. He confronts it within his lab on a regular basis. But while he and his team recognize the inevitability of death, they are also committed to pushing back against its early onset, particularly in relation to…

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The Biology of Treating Blindness with Stem Cells

March 29th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Gilbert Bernier has a plan to cure blindness. His plan involves coaxing stem cells to become sheets of precious cone photoreceptors – the eye’s light-sensitive cells – and then transplanting them into blind eyes to restore vision. Dr. Bernier made headlines a few years ago with his tremendously important FFB-funded discovery that uncovered an…

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Breaking News: Genetic Discrimination To Be Outlawed in Canada

March 9th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Last night, our federal parliament voted overwhelmingly in support of Bill S-201. It was a landmark victory against genetic discrimination. The protections afforded by this bill will become part of the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canadian Labour Code to outlaw discrimination, particularly by insurance companies or employers, on the basis of a person’s genetic profile. Canadians will…

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Stem Cell Tourism: How to Protect Your Eyes from Dangerous Charlatans

March 7th, 2017 by FFB Canada

As the race to restore sight speeds up, there are some unfortunate side effects, including direct-to-consumer marketing by dangerous, unapproved stem cell clinics. Experts estimate that there are approximately 600 stem cell businesses in the United States that are operating as “clinics” that offer untested and unproven “treatments” to patients who are desperate to try…

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Let’s Talk Research With Dr. Mary Sunderland (Facebook Live Series)

February 13th, 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. The following Friday, 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 e-newsletter,…

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