Posts By: FFB Canada

“Gene Therapy Has Arrived!”

March 26th, 2019 by FFB Canada

Canada’s first ocular gene therapy clinical trial was led by Dr. Ian MacDonald. The FFB was proud to be one of the funders who made this trial possible – as Dr. MacDonald said in a recent talk: “Gene therapy has arrived, and it has arrived in Canada.” We were thrilled that our partner in accessibility,…

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Cycle for Sight Gears Up With Beer Tasting Socials

March 26th, 2019 by FFB Canada

Cycle for Sight season has kicked off in Toronto! The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has been hosting Beer Tasting Socials at bike stores across the GTA to encourage people to learn more about this fun and memorable event. These socials give cyclists and supporters alike the chance to learn more about the 2019 Cycle for…

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Spotlight on ARVO 2019 with Ruanne Vent-Schmidt

March 26th, 2019 by FFB Canada

This is a guest post by Ruanne Vent-Schmidt My name is Ruanne Vent-Schmidt and I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Orson Moritz’s lab. The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is funding Dr. Moritz’s research group and in part, supports my PhD project on drug therapies for retinitis pigmentosa (You can learn more about the project…

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Listen to Dr. Chad Andrews on CAT’s Assistive Technologies Podcast, Banter

February 19th, 2019 by FFB Canada

Our Senior Manager of Research and Education, Dr. Chad Andrews, recently appeared on Banter, a podcast run by Canadian Assistive Technologies. Beginning at 26:30, he discusses the state of FFB-funded stem cell and gene therapy research, the importance of clinical trials, and educational initiatives being advanced by the FFB in 2019. You can listen to…

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Four New Research Teams Are on the Road to Restoring Sight

February 15th, 2019 by FFB Canada

Could a future stem cell replacement therapy restore vision to people who are living with blindness? That is Dr. David Gamm’s plan. Dr. Gamm is leading one of four teams that have been awarded funding through the FFB’s Restore Vision 20/20 Initiative, which is funding world-class research projects with the greatest potential to reach the…

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Shorcan Charity Day Raises Another $10,000 for Vision Research

February 8th, 2019 by FFB Canada

On January 24, 2018, Shorcan Brokers Limited contributed $10,000 to the Foundation Fighting Blindness as part of its 21st Annual Charity Day. Every year, Shorcan, TMX Group’s fixed income interdealer brokerage, donates one day’s profit to a variety of designated charities. 2019 marks the 11th year that the Foundation Fighting Blindness has been a beneficiary…

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Meet Doug Earle

January 30th, 2019 by FFB Canada

INTRODUCING DOUG EARLE, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS With more than 30 years of professional fundraising experience, Doug Earle has worked with some of Canada’s leading health charities, including Diabetes Canada, the Canadian Hemophilia Society, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Arthritis Society. He has helped raise $1.2 billion for social, educational…

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Sharon Colle Presented with Award

January 24th, 2019 by FFB Canada

Sharon Colle, retired President & CEO of the FFB, was presented with the Sharon Colle Partnership Award on January 14, 2019 by the FFB’s Board of Directors. Thanks to many donors and friends, $190,000 was raised for this award, which recognizes Sharon’s significant achievements in building partnerships across Canada and internationally during her 27-year tenure….

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Together We Will Cure Blindness

December 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Right now, over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding eye diseases and as vision fades, so too can hope.  To date, donors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) have contributed more than $32 million for vision research.  With your ongoing support we will continue to fight back.  Together we will cure blindness.  DONATE NOW…

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