Category: Research

Are you living with Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)?

April 27th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Have you developed eye problems as a result of diabetes? The Foundation Fighting Blindness is conducting online research into the experiences of patients living with diabetic macular edema (DME), characterized by blurred vision due to swelling at the back of the eye. If you have DME and live in Canada, we encourage you to send…

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

April 12th, 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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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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Innovative Stem Cell Discoveries Demonstrate Long-term Vision Restoration

January 13th, 2017 by FFB Canada

This year is off to an exhilarating start with not just one, but two high-profile scientific papers showing that stem cell transplantation can restore vision in blind mice. Those of you who keep up-to-date with FFB research stories might be wondering: what’s new here? Haven’t scientists already made blind mice see? The short answer is…

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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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