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Shorcan Charity Day Raises Over $4,200 for Vision Research

Shorcan Charity Day Raises Over $4,200 for Vision Research

January 24th, 2017 by FFB Canada

Last week, we helped TMX Group open the market for the 19th Shorcan Charity Day! For the last 19 years, Shorcan Brokers Limited has donated one day’s profits to charities, including the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB).  Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the FFB and the crucial vision research we suppport will benefit from $4,242 thanks…

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Enhanced CARE for RARE Genetic Diseases in Canada

Enhanced CARE for RARE Genetic Diseases in Canada

January 24th, 2017 by FFB Canada

One in 12 Canadians is affected by a rare disease; most of these diseases can be linked to our genes and occur because of specific changes in our DNA. Roughly half of patients with rare genetic diseases are undiagnosed. A new technology, called whole exome sequencing, can rapidly produce millions of DNA sequences all at…

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AMI Kicks Off 2017 with Season Four of its Four Senses Cooking Program

AMI Kicks Off 2017 with Season Four of its Four Senses Cooking Program

January 13th, 2017 by FFB Canada

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is proud to partner with Accessible Media Inc. as part of an initiative to ensure that the Foundation’s content and programming, such as Vision Quest, are made accessible to our shared community. The Foundation and AMI both strongly believe that Canadians living with vision loss should have easy access to meaningful, dynamic media–which is…

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Innovative Stem Cell Discoveries Demonstrate Long-term Vision Restoration

Innovative Stem Cell Discoveries Demonstrate Long-term Vision Restoration

January 13th, 2017 by FFB Canada

This year is off to an exhilarating start with not just one, but two high-profile scientific papers showing that stem cell transplantation can restore vision in blind mice. Those of you who keep up-to-date with FFB research stories might be wondering: what’s new here? Haven’t scientists already made blind mice see? The short answer is…

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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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