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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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New Master Control Gene Provides Key Insights into Restoring Vision

New Master Control Gene Provides Key Insights into Restoring Vision

October 31st, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

With support from the FFB community, Dr. Michel Cayouette’s research is advancing the field of stem cell therapy in extraordinary ways; it is doing so by illuminating how stem cells are produced, how they turn into other cells, and the role they play in the overall biology of the human eye. Dr. Cayouette’s ultimate goal?…

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FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve New Gene Therapy

FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve New Gene Therapy

October 13th, 2017 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

History was made on World Sight Day, October 12, 2017, when an FDA advisory panel voted unanimously to approve a new gene therapy, Luxturna, designed to treat inherited blinding eye diseases caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. We have been following this story closely over the past few years and celebrating every milestone along…

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Video: Dr. Netan Choudhry Discusses AMD, Genetics, and Emerging Treatments

Video: Dr. Netan Choudhry Discusses AMD, Genetics, and Emerging Treatments

October 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

It’s been an incredible year for Vision Quest, the FFB’s premier educational series, with events already held in Vancouver, Sudbury, Timmins, St. John’s, and Toronto. The most recent session, an AMD-focused Lunch & Learn at the Toronto Reference Library, featured the world-renowned vitreoretinal surgeon Dr. Netan Choudhry. His talk was both illuminating and expansive, encompassing…

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