Category: Research

Are You Living with Diabetes-Related Vision Loss?

August 17th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Have you developed eye problems as a result of diabetes? The Foundation Fighting Blindness is conducting research into the experiences of patients living with diabetes-related vision loss. If you live in Canada and have both diabetes and vision loss, we want to hear your story. If you’re willing to share your experiences in a short…

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CRISPR: The World’s Preeminent Gene Editing Technology

August 11th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

If you’ve been paying attention to developments in gene science over the last several years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the strange-sounding acronym “CRISPR” (pronounced cris-per). It may sound like a breakfast cereal, but it’s revolutionizing the way scientists interact with genetic code. The acronym stands for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats,” which for the…

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Five Most Frequently-Asked Vision Science Questions

July 31st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Summer brings sunshine, but also more time for thinking and reading.  At the FFB, we took this opportunity to answer some of your most frequently asked questions about vision research and emerging treatments. We hope you enjoy this summer reading material– keep sending in your questions! 1) When can I expect a cure for my…

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Top 10 Science-y Summer Tips

June 29th, 2017 by FFB Canada

So far this year, the pace of vision research has been sizzling! To celebrate the arrival of sizzling weather, we asked the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) staff to share their favourite FFB science stories from the archives. Kick back, relax, and enjoy our top 10 list of vision health tips, science stories, and sight-saving science…

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Let’s Talk Gene Therapy Research With Dr. Mary Sunderland & Dr. Chad Andrews (VIDEO)

June 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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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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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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