New Research Beginnings: Making Ideas Into Reality

May 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

July is a month of new beginnings. At the Foundation Fighting Blindness, July 1st marks the start of a new research year. While our nation was celebrating Canada Day, we were also celebrating the official commencement of the winning research projects from our annual grant competition. Any researcher will tell you that it’s very difficult…

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Expanding the Future of Retinal Gene Therapy

April 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Scientists studying blindness are attracted to the transformative potential of gene therapy because it can profoundly impact the lives of people living with vision loss. The eye is an ideal organ for gene replacement therapy because it is 1) accessible, 2) less likely to reject the new gene, 3) small in size, 4) isolated from…

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Celebrating the FFB Laboratory

March 11th, 2015 by FFB Canada

With the support of our donors, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to strengthening vision research in Canada. As part of our nation-wide effort, we have committed over $1 million to renowned researchers at Toronto Western Hospital since 2007. Today, we’re proud to announce that this long-term support has been recognized with the unveiling of…

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How Do Stem Cells Become Photoreceptors?

February 17th, 2015 by FFB Canada

For people living with blinding eye diseases, stem cell therapies are often considered the ‘holy grail’ of potential treatments. This is because stem cells have the ability to make all of the different cells in the eye that are needed for vision. For this reason, many researchers are searching for ways to use stem cells…

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Discovery Opens Doors For New AMD Treatment

February 15th, 2015 by FFB Canada

More than a million Canadians have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes them to lose the central part of their vision. In the developed world, AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60. With support from the Foundation Fighting Blindness community, scientists are working to change this reality. Less than 10 years…

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New Genetic Discovery Helps Solve the Mystery of Childhood Blindess

January 9th, 2015 by FFB Canada

“It was like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Dr. Robert Koenekoop. “It was so obvious to all of us that this was big.” With ongoing support from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), Dr. Koenekoop has spent more than a decade searching for genes that could open up new sight-saving therapies. What makes this…

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Saving Photoreceptors

December 4th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Photoreceptor cells in the eye capture light, making vision possible. In retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and dry age-related macular degeneration, photoreceptors die, causing vision loss. Why do photoreceptors die? This question motivates many Foundation-funded scientists, who are looking for ways to protect these cells and prevent them from dying. Foundation-funded scientist, Dr. Phillipe…

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How Does The Eye Respond to Motion?

November 28th, 2014 by FFB Canada

To restore sight, many researchers are trying to figure out how to replace damaged photoreceptors, which are essential for vision. Replacing lost photoreceptors, however, only solves part of the larger puzzle of curing blindness. Vision is a complicated process that requires more than just photoreceptors. There are many different cell types that work together in…

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FFB Partners With Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine

November 26th, 2014 by FFB Canada

It is an exciting time for stem cell research in Ontario. Yesterday, the Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, announced Ontario’s $3.1 million commitment to establish the new Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine (OIRM). Building on the expertise and success of the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine,…

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