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Let’s Talk Technology With Dr. Mary Sunderland [September 2017 Facebook Live](VIDEO)

Let’s Talk Technology With Dr. Mary Sunderland [September 2017 Facebook Live](VIDEO)

September 19th, 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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2017 National Young Leaders Summit: Save the Date!

2017 National Young Leaders Summit: Save the Date!

September 15th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is thrilled to announce that this year’s National Young Leaders Summit will take place on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 of 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. The event will be co-chaired by two incredible Young Leaders, Shaini Saravanamuthu and Jack McCormick. This will be an exciting weekend focused on networking,…

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Could Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize the Treatment of Eye Diseases?

Could Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize the Treatment of Eye Diseases?

September 5th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Artificial intelligence is in the news more frequently than ever, but it’s not typically associated with vision research. That may not be the case for long: incredible progress is being made in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to the detection and prognosis of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy….

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Assistive Technology and Living with Retinal Disorders

Assistive Technology and Living with Retinal Disorders

August 31st, 2017 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. Living with vision loss caused by retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration can make everyday tasks seem daunting. How do we continue to enjoy reading books, magazines, and newspapers? How do we confidently walk about the neighbourhood without the fear of becoming lost? How do we…

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Protect Your Photoreceptors During Monday’s Solar Eclipse

Protect Your Photoreceptors During Monday’s Solar Eclipse

August 18th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Excitement abounds for the solar eclipse this Monday, August 21, when the moon will briefly pass between the Sun and the Earth. So-called “total eclipses” such as Monday’s offer a rare opportunity to view the full majesty of our most visible celestial neighbours, if only briefly. But if eclipse-gazing is on your schedule, it’s important…

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Are You Living with Diabetes-Related Vision Loss?

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

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

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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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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