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Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Landmark Clinical Trial

Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Landmark Clinical Trial

July 14th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Yesterday, a landmark publication in The Lancet, a prestigious journal, showed that gene therapy can improve vision in people living with a rare blinding eye disease. The study examined the effects of an experimental gene therapy – voretigene neparvovec – to treat an inherited blinding eye disease caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. RPE65…

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Top 10 Science-y Summer Tips

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)

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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Clinical Trial Updates: Gene Therapy

Clinical Trial Updates: Gene Therapy

June 6th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Many experts agree that gene replacement therapy is a novel approach to treating inherited degenerative retinal diseases, especially when the disease is caused by a single gene defect (or mutation). Gene replacement therapies are sometimes described as “gene addition” or “gene augmentation” therapies because the treatment strategy involves replacing a damaged gene with a new,…

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Will Gene Therapies Win the Race to Restore Sight?

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

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

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?

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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Announcing AMI-audio Show Podcasts

Announcing AMI-audio Show Podcasts

May 24th, 2017 by FFB Canada

AMI-audio creates diverse and inclusive content focused on the blind and low vision community. Through its two daily live programs, Live from Studio 5 and Kelly and Company, AMI-audio covers a variety of news, information and community happenings in the blind and low vision community across Canada. Live from Studio 5 airs weekday mornings at…

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On The Road: Advancing Vision Health Policy in Ottawa

On The Road: Advancing Vision Health Policy in Ottawa

May 16th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Earlier this month, I went to Ottawa to represent the Foundation Fighting Blindness in a vision health forum on Parliament Hill. Actually, let me backpedal for a second to introduce myself: I’m Dr. Chad Andrews, the new Research & Education Officer at the FFB. I’ve been with the Foundation since late February. A big part…

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