Posts By: FFB Canada

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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Help Canadians Benefit from Stem-Cell Therapies – Sign the Petition

October 23rd, 2018 by FFB Canada

Since 2001, our friends at the Stem Cell Network (SCN) have been transforming stem cell research, bringing it closer to the clinic and marketplace. As the only national network of regenerative medicine researchers, SCN has supported 170 world-class research groups across Canada and provided specialized training for 2,500 young investigators who represent the future of science,…

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World Sight Day Announcement: the FFB launches the Cedric Ritchie Fund to Cure Blindness

October 11th, 2018 by FFB Canada

The Canadian scientist Dr. Andras Nagy, Senior Investigator at Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, is announced today as the inaugural recipient of the Cedric Ritchie Fund to Cure Blindness: a new $1.5 million initiative made possible by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Canada’s largest charitable funder of vision research. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is proud to…

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New Video and Podcast About Accessible Technology

October 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our second Vision Quest of 2018 took place on September 15 in Toronto, Ontario and brought over 250 people together at a symposium on inherited retinal diseases. We’re grateful to all of our guest speakers and panelists and are happy…

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