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First gene therapy for a blinding eye disease receives FDA approval

First gene therapy for a blinding eye disease receives FDA approval

December 19th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Today we are celebrating the FDA’s pathbreaking approval of Luxturna. We have been following the development of Luxturna closely. Today’s landmark FDA approval makes Luxturna the first gene therapy approved in the US that targets a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene. The next steps involve determining the price for Luxturna, which poses…

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Survival of the Fittest: Sustaining Cells Through Transplantation

Survival of the Fittest: Sustaining Cells Through Transplantation

December 18th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

In many retinal diseases, vision loss occurs when cells that are crucial for vision are damaged or lost. This is the case, for example, in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa, choroideremia, and Stargardt disease. To reverse vision loss resulting from these and similar diseases, we need to develop and refine our ability to replace…

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Understanding the Retina: AMD and Exploratory Science

Understanding the Retina: AMD and Exploratory Science

December 1st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

In medicine, innovative treatments don’t emerge out of thin air; they are the result of a series of advancements in our understanding of how genes, molecules, and cells interact. The human eye is no stranger to this rule. In fact, there is still much we don’t understand about the genetic and cellular foundations of sight….

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Give the Gift of Sight

Give the Gift of Sight

November 27th, 2017 by FFB Canada

When my son Bennett was born, he was a beautiful, healthy baby boy. My husband and I couldn’t have been happier. But 10 weeks later, we got shocking news that knocked us off our feet – our little boy had a rare eye disease called juvenile retinoschisis and there was no cure. What we learned…

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A Visit with Dr. Netan Choudry at his Clinic [Facebook Live] (Video)

A Visit with Dr. Netan Choudry at his Clinic [Facebook Live] (Video)

November 23rd, 2017 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live Session from November 23, 2017, with Dr. Netan Choudhry, a world-renowned retina expert! We were excited to visit him in his clinic, the Vitreous Retina Macula Specialists of Toronto, and talk with him about his current work! CLICK HERE to view more Facebook Live videos. MAKE A DONATION TODAY

The Value of iPSCs for Stem Cell Therapy

The Value of iPSCs for Stem Cell Therapy

November 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Stem cell therapy has emerged as one of the most promising approaches in the fight to end blindness, and Dr. Gilbert Bernier’s research has played an enormous role in pushing the field forward. By developing new techniques to turn induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into sheets of cone photoreceptors, Dr. Bernier and his team are…

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New Gene That Could Cure Blindness [Facebook Live] (Video)

New Gene That Could Cure Blindness [Facebook Live] (Video)

November 10th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live Session from November 10, 2017, where the FFB’s Research and Education Team, Dr. Mary Sunderland and Dr. Chad Andrews, discussed a new gene that could cure blindness and our top learnings from Vision Quest. CLICK HERE to view more Facebook Live videos. MAKE A DONATION TODAY

Top 10 Things We Learned at Vision Quest 2017

Top 10 Things We Learned at Vision Quest 2017

November 7th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Vision Quest is the FFB’s educational program series that brings trusted information about emerging sight-saving treatments to people living with vision loss. This year, Vision Quest brought together more than 860 people at 9 different events across Canada. The entire FFB staff participates in Vision Quest because it gives us the opportunity to learn directly…

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Announcing our Year-End Campaign: Let’s Bring the Fight

Announcing our Year-End Campaign: Let’s Bring the Fight

November 7th, 2017 by FFB Canada

This year, our donors and supporters have helped FFB-funded researchers lead the fight against blindness and vision loss. As we approach the end of 2017, we still need your help to ensure that all of the crucial vision research that we’ve committed to support will receive funding. So, we are launching our Let’s Bring the Fight…

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Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Brian Ballios

November 1st, 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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