Category: Stargardt Disease

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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Surprising Cell Transplantation Discovery Redirects Race to Restore Sight

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Ten years ago, scientists discovered that they could restore some vision to blind mice by cell transplantation. This watershed moment ushered in a golden era of stem cell research focused on treating blindness. Today, a surprising discovery offers a new explanation about how vision restoration occurs. Previously, scientists thought that stem cell transplantation worked by…

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Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

“Discover Your Path” was the theme of the FFB’s Vision Quest educational events in 2016. We visited four Canadian cities, hosted seven different events, and got to meet more than 750 attendees, clinicians, scientists, exhibitors and volunteers! We were also thrilled to live- broadcast our Toronto session about clinical trials, which has been viewed more…

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Top 10 Discoveries Driving the Race to Restore Sight in 2016

November 30th, 2016 by FFB Canada

At the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) we are motivated by a singular goal: develop new treatments for blindness and vision loss. This goal fuels all of the research that we fund. Today, we know more about blinding eye diseases than ever before. This knowledge is power because it shows us where to direct our resources…

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Watch Our Facebook Live Videos From The Vision Quest Toronto Retinal Disease Session

November 8th, 2016 by FFB Canada

On November 4, 2016, we presented our Vision Quest educational session on retinal diseases to a live audience in Toronto. A panel of Canada’s top vision researchers discussed the latest advancements in gene therapy and stem cell science, and answered questions from our guests. We also broadcast the session online to our Facebook community with…

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Vision Quest 2016: Discover Your Path

May 30th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Do you have questions about your vision health? Do you want to learn how to access emerging treatments? Do you want to discover your best vision care pathway? If you answered yes, then Vision Quest 2016 is for you! Every year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness hosts a series of educational conferences across Canada called Vision…

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Restoring Vision with Stem Cells

November 17th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded researchers have succeeded in producing large amounts of human photoreceptors from stem cells. These new findings by Dr. Gilbert Bernier from the University of Montreal fuel our hope in the potential of stem cells to treat vision loss. Dr. Bernier’s research is making the news because his team has developed a highly effective technique for producing light…

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Expanding the Future of Retinal Gene Therapy

April 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Scientists studying blindness are attracted to the transformative potential of gene therapy because it can profoundly impact the lives of people living with vision loss. The eye is an ideal organ for gene replacement therapy because it is 1) accessible, 2) less likely to reject the new gene, 3) small in size, 4) isolated from…

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Regenerative Medicine Milestone: Stem Cell Clinical Trial Announces Positive Results

October 16th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), an early leader in the field of regenerative medicine, recently published data in The Lancet that shows positive results from its ongoing stem cell transplantation trial. The clinical trial uses ACT’s proprietary retinal pigmented epithelial cells (RPE), derived from stem cells, to treat Stargardt’s disease and dry age-related macular degeneration. Published…

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