Stargardt Disease

Meet the 2019 Co-chairs for Young Leaders

September 28th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Launched in 2015 by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the National Young Leaders Program saw a lot of growth in 2018. Designed to provide Canadian youth living with vision loss and blindness with mentorship and career-building opportunities, the Program is oriented around an in-person Summit—you can read more about this year’s Summit HERE—and is set to…

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Announcing the FFB’s Vision Care Pathways

September 27th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Along with the brain, the eye is one of the human body’s most intricate components, an elaborate collection of parts working in tandem to do one thing: gather external light and focus it on a small area of tissue at the back of the eye. Cells housed in the tissue absorb light particles and transmit…

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10 Years of Cycle for Sight

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That…

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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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Getting an Eye Exam with Optometrist Dr. Kevin Anderson [Facebook Live] (Video)

May 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Watch our Facebook Live session from May 17, 2018, where we visited Shoppes of Angus Glen Optometry and spoke with optometrist, Dr. Kevin Anderson. In honour of Vision Health Month, Dr. Anderson took April Watts, Manager of Communications at the FFB, through an eye exam as well as shared essential vision care tips. We upload our Facebook…

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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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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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