Research

The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

June 12th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Like any part of the human body, the eye only functions when its various parts communicate effectively—when they “talk” to one another, in other words. In fact, the importance of communication is heightened in the body’s more complex components, and the eye is certainly one of these: we know that vision is the result of…

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2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

June 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our 2018 Summer InVision newsletter is now fully accessible and available online! This issue includes the following stories: – Promising Results Show the Potential for Stem-Cell Therapies to Restore Vision – Stem Cells & Vision Repair – Top 5 Vision Health Tips This Summer – Lorna Rosenstein: A Pillar of Hope, Strength, and Dedication in…

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FFB Announces New Partnership with Bayer to Drive Vision Research in Canada

May 2nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

At the FFB, our goal is to drive the development and availability of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Curing blindness is a gargantuan mission, but we know it’s worth fighting for! We also know that we can’t do it alone, especially because the closer we get to new treatments, the more expensive the…

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RNA Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

May 1st, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

I recently participated in a tremendously inspiring meeting, hosted by ProQR, which is a company that is creating new treatments for people living with rare diseases, including blinding eye diseases. ProQR specializes in developing RNA therapeutics, and I was there to learn about a new clinical trial that they are planning to treat the inherited…

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2018 Vision Quest Education Series Kicks Off in London (Videos)

May 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our first Vision Quest of 2018 took place on April 28 in London, Ontario where we were grateful to have Dr. Tom Sheidow volunteering his time and sharing his expertise with a crowd of more than 250 people. We’re pleased…

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Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tour with Dr. Brian Ballios [Facebook Live] (Video)

April 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch a special “behind-the-scenes” Facebook LIVE with Dr. Brian Ballios where we toured the lab and talked about research focusing on developing stem cell transplantation therapies for inherited retinal diseases. We upload our Facebook Live videos to Youtube in order to provide closed-captioning and more accessibility for our viewers. This video, however, is also available…

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The Difference Between Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy [Facebook Live] (Video)

March 28th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session, from Friday, March 23, where we were joined online by special guest, Dr. Jill Dolgin from the gene therapy company, AGTC. Dr. Mary Sunderland also talked about the difference between gene therapy and stem cell therapy. News stories that Dr. Sunderland references in the above video: Everything You Need to…

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Stem cell therapy for vision loss: Will it work for you?

March 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

In 2015, after a flurry of stem cell developments were profiled in the media, I wrote this story to help answer one of the most popular questions that we receive about stem cell therapies for blindness and sight loss: will they work for you and for your eye disease? On March 19, 2018, the results…

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Experimental Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration Restores Vision

March 21st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Stem cells are making headlines again! This is good news, especially for those living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common blinding eye disease in people over the age of 50. Macular degeneration accounts for almost 50 percent of all visual impairment in the developed world and affects more than a million Canadians. The…

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Barrie Honours his Late Wife with a Gift

March 16th, 2018 by FFB Canada

For close to a decade Barrie Curtis and his wife Shirley were monthly donors, giving generously to support the Foundation’s mission to fight blindness. Inspired by Shirley’s enthusiasm for vision science and the FFB’s work, Barrie decided to renew that commitment through a special gift in her memory. Like so many who overcome the hurdles…

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