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4 Big Predictions for Vision Research in 2017

4 Big Predictions for Vision Research in 2017

January 10th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

Last year was full of remarkable developments in vision science. Important discoveries in stem cell biology filled in key knowledge gaps, while advancements in gene therapy moved optogenetics from the realm of science fiction to reality (check out our top 10 discoveries from 2016). Here are four key developments to look forward to in 2017….

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Networking With A Vision Impairment

Networking With A Vision Impairment

December 20th, 2016 by FFB Canada

In case you missed the second annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Young Leaders Summit, here are the highlights and our favourite (and most useful) networking tips and skills that we learned from each other. The 2016 Summit was focused on networking because networking is increasingly recognized as essential for professional success. Here are some highlights and…

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Surprising Cell Transplantation Discovery Redirects Race to Restore Sight

Surprising Cell Transplantation Discovery Redirects Race to Restore Sight

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Ten years ago, scientists discovered that they could restore some vision to blind mice by cell transplantation. This watershed moment ushered in a golden era of stem cell research focused on treating blindness. Today, a surprising discovery offers a new explanation about how vision restoration occurs. Previously, scientists thought that stem cell transplantation worked by…

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Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

“Discover Your Path” was the theme of the FFB’s Vision Quest educational events in 2016. We visited four Canadian cities, hosted seven different events, and got to meet more than 750 attendees, clinicians, scientists, exhibitors and volunteers! We were also thrilled to live- broadcast our Toronto session about clinical trials, which has been viewed more…

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Breaking Research News: Your Gut Influences the Development of Blinding Eye Diseases

Breaking Research News: Your Gut Influences the Development of Blinding Eye Diseases

December 7th, 2016 by FFB Canada

A game-changing study by FFB-funded scientist, Dr. Przemyslaw (Mike) Sapieha, uncovered that bacteria in your intestines may play an important role in determining if you will develop the blinding eye disease, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50, affecting more than 10…

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Top 10 Discoveries Driving the Race to Restore Sight in 2016

Top 10 Discoveries Driving the Race to Restore Sight in 2016

November 30th, 2016 by FFB Canada

At the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) we are motivated by a singular goal: develop new treatments for blindness and vision loss. This goal fuels all of the research that we fund. Today, we know more about blinding eye diseases than ever before. This knowledge is power because it shows us where to direct our resources…

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New Gene-editing Tool Restores Partial Vision in Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

New Gene-editing Tool Restores Partial Vision in Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

November 18th, 2016 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

At the beginning of 2016, I predicted CRISPR would be one of the key areas to follow throughout the year. I was right! This week delivered another CRISPR-fueled breakthrough that is making headlines. Scientists have created a new gene-editing tool that can be used in conjunction with CRISPR to edit adult cells in live animals…

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Watch Our Facebook Live Videos From The Vision Quest Toronto Retinal Disease Session

Watch Our Facebook Live Videos From The Vision Quest Toronto Retinal Disease Session

November 8th, 2016 by FFB Canada

On November 4, 2016, we presented our Vision Quest educational session on retinal diseases to a live audience in Toronto. A panel of Canada’s top vision researchers discussed the latest advancements in gene therapy and stem cell science, and answered questions from our guests. We also broadcast the session online to our Facebook community with…

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Deloitte Impact Day At The FFB

Deloitte Impact Day At The FFB

October 13th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Every year Deloitte commits to investing in the community by providing a helping hand to numerous non-profit organizations. They call this year-round celebration ‘Impact Day’. On this day many Deloitte members deliver lessons on business ethics, host skills-building workshops, and offer skills-development programs. We are immensely grateful to Derek for once again bringing a team…

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Everything You Need To Know About Clinical Trials

Everything You Need To Know About Clinical Trials

October 11th, 2016 by FFB Canada

What is a clinical trial? Clinical trials are experiments that test whether a new intervention, such as a drug or surgery, will work in people. The main goal of clinical trials is to determine if the new intervention is safe and effective. Why use the word intervention instead of treatment? When talking about clinical trials,…

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