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Understanding the Retina: AMD and Exploratory Science

Understanding the Retina: AMD and Exploratory Science

December 1st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

In medicine, innovative treatments don’t emerge out of thin air; they are the result of a series of advancements in our understanding of how genes, molecules, and cells interact. The human eye is no stranger to this rule. In fact, there is still much we don’t understand about the genetic and cellular foundations of sight….

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2018 National Young Leaders Summit: Register Now!

2018 National Young Leaders Summit: Register Now!

November 28th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is thrilled to announce details for next year’s National Young Leaders Summit. The event will take place in Toronto on the evening of Friday, March 9 and during the day on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We are partnering with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to hold the Summit at their Community Hub at…

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Give the Gift of Sight

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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The Value of iPSCs for Stem Cell Therapy

The Value of iPSCs for Stem Cell Therapy

November 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Stem cell therapy has emerged as one of the most promising approaches in the fight to end blindness, and Dr. Gilbert Bernier’s research has played an enormous role in pushing the field forward. By developing new techniques to turn induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into sheets of cone photoreceptors, Dr. Bernier and his team are…

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Top 10 Things We Learned at Vision Quest 2017

Top 10 Things We Learned at Vision Quest 2017

November 7th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Vision Quest is the FFB’s educational program series that brings trusted information about emerging sight-saving treatments to people living with vision loss. This year, Vision Quest brought together more than 860 people at 9 different events across Canada. The entire FFB staff participates in Vision Quest because it gives us the opportunity to learn directly…

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

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

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

November 1st, 2017 by FFB Canada

UPDATE: With Dr. Brian Ballios launching our Let’s Bring the Fight campaign, we wanted to re-publish this post about him being our inaugural recipient of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award. Dr. Brian Ballios has restored vision in mice, but he is not stopping there. He is on a mission to develop stem…

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New Master Control Gene Provides Key Insights into Restoring Vision

New Master Control Gene Provides Key Insights into Restoring Vision

October 31st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

With support from the FFB community, Dr. Michel Cayouette’s research is advancing the field of stem cell therapy in extraordinary ways; it is doing so by illuminating how stem cells are produced, how they turn into other cells, and the role they play in the overall biology of the human eye. Dr. Cayouette’s ultimate goal?…

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FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve New Gene Therapy

FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve New Gene Therapy

October 13th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

History was made on World Sight Day, October 12, 2017, when an FDA advisory panel voted unanimously to approve a new gene therapy, Luxturna, designed to treat inherited blinding eye diseases caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. We have been following this story closely over the past few years and celebrating every milestone along…

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Video: Dr. Netan Choudhry Discusses AMD, Genetics, and Emerging Treatments

Video: Dr. Netan Choudhry Discusses AMD, Genetics, and Emerging Treatments

October 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

It’s been an incredible year for Vision Quest, the FFB’s premier educational series, with events already held in Vancouver, Sudbury, Timmins, St. John’s, and Toronto. The most recent session, an AMD-focused Lunch & Learn at the Toronto Reference Library, featured the world-renowned vitreoretinal surgeon Dr. Netan Choudhry. His talk was both illuminating and expansive, encompassing…

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