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The Genetics of Choroideremia

May 6th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Dr. Ian MacDonald and his team at the University of Alberta are internationally recognized experts in the study of choroideremia, a rare blinding disease that typically affects young men beginning in adolescence. Dr. MacDonald and his team plan to begin the first Canadian clinical trial of a therapy for choroideremia, later this year. Your donations…

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XIAP Gene Therapy May Protect Against AMD

May 5th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Dry age-related macular degeneration is a common disease of older adults. It occurs when the cells of the retina are damaged by the build-up of toxins. These toxins are visible in the retina in clumps of waste called drusen. Dr. Matsubara and her team at the University of British Columbia have previously shown that components…

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Gastric Reflux Drugs May Cause Hallucinations in Some People With Wet-AMD

April 23rd, 2013 by FFB Canada

New research suggests that some medications may trigger a particular type of hallucination in people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Anne Hanneken at the Scripps Research Institute in California and the Dr. Wallace Thoreson at the University of Nebraska Medical Center observed five people taking medications to treat gastric acid reflux. Each of…

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