Posts By: FFB Canada

How Does The Eye Respond to Motion?

November 28th, 2014 by FFB Canada

To restore sight, many researchers are trying to figure out how to replace damaged photoreceptors, which are essential for vision. Replacing lost photoreceptors, however, only solves part of the larger puzzle of curing blindness. Vision is a complicated process that requires more than just photoreceptors. There are many different cell types that work together in…

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FFB Partners With Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine

November 26th, 2014 by FFB Canada

It is an exciting time for stem cell research in Ontario. Yesterday, the Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, announced Ontario’s $3.1 million commitment to establish the new Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine (OIRM). Building on the expertise and success of the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine,…

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Celebrating 40 Years Of Research Discovery

November 20th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Forty years ago, Jay and Malca Marin applied to become a registered charity to fight blindness. Today, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is Canada’s leading charity funding sight-saving research. In 1974, there was no group in Canada giving information, or hope for a treatment or cure, to people living with retinal degenerative diseases. Jay and Malca Marin,…

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A Meaningful Gift: Clifford Storey

November 20th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Last year, the late Clifford Storey contributed a meaningful gift in support of Usher Syndrome research in Canada. This was a generous major gift donation of $25,000 to the FFB, creating the Dennis and Clifford Storey Memorial Fund for Usher Syndrome Research. This gift commemorated Clifford’s 91st birthday and honoured his late brother, Dennis, who like…

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Spotlight on Stem Cells: Interview with Dr. Saeed Khalili

October 29th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Dr. Saeed Khalili, our BMO Financial Group Post-Doctoral Fellow in Retinal Research grant recipient, shared his views with us about how exciting developments in stem cell therapeutics are shaping his research, the future of regenerative medicine, and what motivates him to go to the lab every morning. FFB: What inspired you to start working on retinal…

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Stem Cell Therapies Are in the Spotlight & Everyone is Watching the Eye

October 29th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Over the past two decades, scientists, politicians, and activists have been fighting about stem cells, which have the potential (under the right conditions) to make any type of cell in the body. While some people vehemently object to using stem cells, especially embryonic stem cells obtained from human embryos, others argue that stem cells are…

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Regenerative Medicine Milestone: Stem Cell Clinical Trial Announces Positive Results

October 16th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), an early leader in the field of regenerative medicine, recently published data in The Lancet that shows positive results from its ongoing stem cell transplantation trial. The clinical trial uses ACT’s proprietary retinal pigmented epithelial cells (RPE), derived from stem cells, to treat Stargardt’s disease and dry age-related macular degeneration. Published…

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Why Do Photoreceptors Die? New Discovery Reveals Important Clues

October 15th, 2014 by FFB Canada

We need photoreceptors to see; without them, we have no way to sense light and the world becomes dark. Photoreceptor degeneration is shared by a variety of retinal diseases ranging from retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to age-related macular degeneration. Because of this, scientists are trying to regenerate lost photoreceptors. Dr. Michel Cayouette also wants to know…

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$1 Million To Fight Blindness

October 14th, 2014 by FFB Canada

“I had never heard of retinitis pigmentosa, so news of my diagnosis didn’t affect me so much at the time. It was only information; information that had little to do with how I saw the world at that moment. So I just continued on with life as I knew it.” At 25 years old, Ontario-born…

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A New Kind of Vision

October 14th, 2014 by FFB Canada

How would you describe what it feels like to see something? We have lots of language to help us with this. We can talk about colours, textures, shadows, scenery, and movement. We can talk about faces, objects, and silhouettes. The central role that vision plays in shaping our perception of the world is reflected in…

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