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Let’s Talk Research with Dr. Mary Sunderland & Dr. Brian Ballios (Video)

Let’s Talk Research with Dr. Mary Sunderland & Dr. Brian Ballios (Video)

May 15th, 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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Relay Rowing Team Races to Canada Day Celebrations

Relay Rowing Team Races to Canada Day Celebrations

May 8th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 15, Jean-Christophe learned sculling, an accessible low-impact sport that would keep him active as his vision deteriorated into adulthood. Despite his diagnosis, Jean-Christophe takes buses and walks the streets of Toronto where he now lives and serves as a Director of the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association. Jean-Christophe is an unrelenting…

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Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

May 2nd, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Brian Ballios has restored vision in mice, but he is not stopping there. He is on a mission to develop stem cell therapies for people living with blindness and has a plan to get there. Dr. Ballios and other clinician-scientists are essential players in the translation of pre-clinical vision research into clinical trials and…

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CRISPR Breakthrough: Restoring Vision by Reprogramming Cells

CRISPR Breakthrough: Restoring Vision by Reprogramming Cells

April 25th, 2017 by FFB Canada

The eye’s photoreceptor cells are essential for vision because of their unique ability to convert light into visual signals. The loss of photoreceptors is at the root of many blinding eye diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Stargardt Disease – to name just a few. Restoring photoreceptors therefore has tremendous therapeutic…

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

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

April 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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Barbara Embodies the Fight Against Blindness

Barbara Embodies the Fight Against Blindness

April 12th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Barbara Milner is both deaf and blind. At 58 years old, she has lived her entire life with a condition called Usher syndrome—a rare genetic disorder that leads to acute hearing and vision loss. Those who live with the disease must often confront isolation, loneliness, and profound social barriers. As we at the Foundation Fighting…

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World’s First Experimental Therapy Involving Reprogrammed Donor Stem Cells Aims to Treat Macular Degeneration

World’s First Experimental Therapy Involving Reprogrammed Donor Stem Cells Aims to Treat Macular Degeneration

April 4th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are frequently in the news. At the FFB, we love reading about stem cell discoveries, but high-frequency reporting can make it challenging to identify truly significant breakthroughs, such as the one from last week: “Japanese man is the first to receive ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells from another person.” The story, published in a prestigious…

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Halting Cell Death to Save Vision

Halting Cell Death to Save Vision

April 3rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

It is a fundamental principle in biology: eventually, everything dies. Dr. Philippe Monnier is no stranger to the principle. He confronts it within his lab on a regular basis. But while he and his team recognize the inevitability of death, they are also committed to pushing back against its early onset, particularly in relation to…

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The Biology of Treating Blindness with Stem Cells

The Biology of Treating Blindness with Stem Cells

March 29th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Dr. Gilbert Bernier has a plan to cure blindness. His plan involves coaxing stem cells to become sheets of precious cone photoreceptors – the eye’s light-sensitive cells – and then transplanting them into blind eyes to restore vision. Dr. Bernier made headlines a few years ago with his tremendously important FFB-funded discovery that uncovered an…

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