Posts By: FFB Canada

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.  And now, until the end of 2018, a generous supporter will match your gift up to a…

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2018 Impact Report

December 11th, 2018 by FFB Canada

The Foundation Fighting Blindness reached new heights in 2018, and now, as a community, we are poised to bring incredible and life-changing treatments to the millions of Canadians affected by eye diseases. Thanks to FFB donors, sponsors, and supporters, we have funded science for decades that has broadened our understanding of eye diseases, and advanced…

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National Young Leaders Advocate Profiled by CIBC

December 5th, 2018 by FFB Canada

To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CIBC recently featured a number of community leaders as part of its “One for Change” campaign, highlighting the tremendous impact people have when they give back to their communities. One of these individuals was Gavin Morrison, a spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and participant in the…

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FFB Canada’s #More2It Campaign

November 16th, 2018 by FFB Canada

For more than four decades, the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has proudly led the fight in Canada to find cures for inherited retinal diseases and other forms of vision loss. Over the years, we have worked with thousands of families to not only raise funds for critical vision research, but also create a welcoming community…

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Game-Changing Discovery will “Rapidly Accelerate” the Development of Cell-Based Therapies

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Today, we are excited to announce a truly transformative discovery that will “rapidly accelerate” the development of cell-based therapies—not just for blinding eye diseases, but for all kinds of regenerative medicine! One of the main hurdles to developing stem cell therapies is ensuring that they are safe. Stem cells hold incredible therapeutic potential because they…

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From Identifying Gene Mutations to Developing New Treatments for Inherited Retinal Diseases

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Matthew Benson Dr. Matthew Benson knows that improving our understanding of why blinding eye diseases happen will lay foundations for developing effective new treatments. He is particularly motivated to develop therapies for the many patients he cares for who currently have no treatment options. Indeed, Dr. Benson is so inspired…

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Could Vitamin D Impact the Development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Jacob Rullo Dr. Jacob Rullo is studying the connection between vitamin D inside the eye and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the aging population. Although vitamin D is involved with many diseases, it has not been extensively studied in the eye. This is remarkable considering…

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New Video and Podcast Detailing the FFB Patient Registry

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

At a recent Vision Quest event in Toronto focused on inherited retinal diseases, four clinician-scientists sat down to discuss the FFB Patient Registry. In the video linked below (also provided in podcast format), Dr. Ian MacDonald, Dr. Elise Héon, Dr. Johane Robitaille, and Vaishnavi Batmanabane answer questions about the FFB’s Patient Registry, genetic testing for…

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Celebre Family Raises Over $13,000 for the FFB

November 13th, 2018 by FFB Canada

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, family and friends of the Celebre’s came together in support of one very special little boy. Nicholas Celebre was born with Usher syndrome, a condition that causes deaf-blindness and often balance issues. Born profoundly deaf, he was fortunate enough to get cochlear implants when he was 12 months old. He also…

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“Donors give us, and more importantly our daughter, hope.”

November 13th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Guest-written by Deborah Scott. Our daughter, Olivia was 5 years old when she was diagnosed with a blinding eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It was difficult for us to comprehend what that diagnosis really meant. As a parent, you never get over the impact of learning that there is so much more to vision…

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