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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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RNA Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

RNA Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

May 1st, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

I recently participated in a tremendously inspiring meeting, hosted by ProQR, which is a company that is creating new treatments for people living with rare diseases, including blinding eye diseases. ProQR specializes in developing RNA therapeutics, and I was there to learn about a new clinical trial that they are planning to treat the inherited…

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2018 Vision Quest Education Series Kicks Off in London (Videos)

2018 Vision Quest Education Series Kicks Off in London (Videos)

May 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our first Vision Quest of 2018 took place on April 28 in London, Ontario where we were grateful to have Dr. Tom Sheidow volunteering his time and sharing his expertise with a crowd of more than 250 people. We’re pleased…

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Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tour with Dr. Brian Ballios [Facebook Live] (Video)

Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tour with Dr. Brian Ballios [Facebook Live] (Video)

April 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch a special “behind-the-scenes” Facebook LIVE with Dr. Brian Ballios where we toured the lab and talked about research focusing on developing stem cell transplantation therapies for inherited retinal diseases. We upload our Facebook Live videos to Youtube in order to provide closed-captioning and more accessibility for our viewers. This video, however, is also available…

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FFB Canada Announces #More2It Awareness Campaign

FFB Canada Announces #More2It Awareness Campaign

April 3rd, 2018 by FFB Canada

For more than four decades, the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has proudly led the fight in Canada to find cures for inherited retinal diseases and other forms of vision loss. Over the years, we have worked with thousands of families to not only raise funds for critical vision research, but also create a welcoming community…

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Protecting Patients by Encouraging Oversight: Can Civil Lawsuits Help?

Protecting Patients by Encouraging Oversight: Can Civil Lawsuits Help?

April 3rd, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Stem cell treatments have been advertised as miracle cures for many illnesses, including vision loss. But, not all advertised “treatments” have evidence that they will work, and some have proven dangerous. Last year, three patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were blinded after paying for stem cell injections. As a result, several patients, including those…

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Dedicated FFB Volunteers To Receive Distinguished Ontario Service Award

Dedicated FFB Volunteers To Receive Distinguished Ontario Service Award

April 2nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. This year we would like to congratulate a few of the dedicated volunteers who have given of their time to many of our events in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This spring, each of these outstanding…

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The Difference Between Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy [Facebook Live] (Video)

The Difference Between Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy [Facebook Live] (Video)

March 28th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session, from Friday, March 23, where we were joined online by special guest, Dr. Jill Dolgin from the gene therapy company, AGTC. Dr. Mary Sunderland also talked about the difference between gene therapy and stem cell therapy. News stories that Dr. Sunderland references in the above video: Everything You Need to…

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Stem cell therapy for vision loss: Will it work for you?

Stem cell therapy for vision loss: Will it work for you?

March 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

In 2015, after a flurry of stem cell developments were profiled in the media, I wrote this story to help answer one of the most popular questions that we receive about stem cell therapies for blindness and sight loss: will they work for you and for your eye disease? On March 19, 2018, the results…

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