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10 Years of Cycle for Sight

10 Years of Cycle for Sight

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That…

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Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Did you know that obesity is the second most important environmental risk factor for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? At the FFB, we are very proud to be funding Dr. Mike Sapieha, who is leading a study to understand how high-fat diets may impact the progression of dry AMD to the more severe, “wet” form…

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What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

July 3rd, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Guest post from Steve’s mom, Catherine Kirugi Like most kids his age, my 9-year old son Steve, asks a lot of questions. But one of them always breaks my heart. “Mom, why am I blind?” When Steve was just a few months old, he was diagnosed with the eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). My…

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The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

June 12th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Like any part of the human body, the eye only functions when its various parts communicate effectively—when they “talk” to one another, in other words. In fact, the importance of communication is heightened in the body’s more complex components, and the eye is certainly one of these: we know that vision is the result of…

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2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

June 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our 2018 Summer InVision newsletter is now fully accessible and available online! This issue includes the following stories: – Promising Results Show the Potential for Stem-Cell Therapies to Restore Vision – Stem Cells & Vision Repair – Top 5 Vision Health Tips This Summer – Lorna Rosenstein: A Pillar of Hope, Strength, and Dedication in…

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Why Advocating for Better Vision Health Policy Matters

Why Advocating for Better Vision Health Policy Matters

June 7th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

When the FFB was founded in 1974, little was know about blinding eye diseases, and even less about the genetic factors underlying inherited forms of blindness. Today that landscape has shifted enormously: we’ve pinpointed many—though not all—of the genes involved in degenerative vision loss, and have a much clearer picture of the biology of the…

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Watch, Listen & Learn!

Watch, Listen & Learn!

June 5th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Every month we host a Facebook Live, where each session focuses on a variety of things from current research, to lab tours, to assistive technology and more. In order to make these videos as accessible as possible, we have provided three different ways in which you can consume them. Each Facebook Live session is always…

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Become a Community Partner of the Central Ontario Ride for Sight

Become a Community Partner of the Central Ontario Ride for Sight

May 22nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

Are you a local business that would like to show your support for the Central Ontario Ride for Sight celebrating in Fenelon Falls, ON? Become a Ride for Sight Community Partner by becoming a local “Friend of the Ride”. For $250.00 we can offer you access to our volunteers and riders during celebration weekend, as well as provide promotion throughout…

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Getting an Eye Exam with Optometrist Dr. Kevin Anderson [Facebook Live] (Video)

Getting an Eye Exam with Optometrist Dr. Kevin Anderson [Facebook Live] (Video)

May 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session from May 17, 2018, where we visited Shoppes of Angus Glen Optometry and spoke with optometrist, Dr. Kevin Anderson. In honour of Vision Health Month, Dr. Anderson took April Watts, Manager of Communications at the FFB, through an eye exam as well as shared essential vision care tips. We upload our Facebook…

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FFB Announces New Partnership with Bayer to Drive Vision Research in Canada

FFB Announces New Partnership with Bayer to Drive Vision Research in Canada

May 2nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

At the FFB, our goal is to drive the development and availability of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Curing blindness is a gargantuan mission, but we know it’s worth fighting for! We also know that we can’t do it alone, especially because the closer we get to new treatments, the more expensive the…

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