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“I want to see my children’s faces.”

“I want to see my children’s faces.”

November 1st, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Story guest-authored by Julia Bonnett. I knew I was losing my sight. During college, I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a disease that progressively narrows my field of vision and leads to permanent blindness. But it was happening so slowly, I mostly put it out of my mind. I love music, especially opera and…

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

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

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

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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Meet the 2019 Co-chairs for Young Leaders

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

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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Inaugural Recipient of the Restore Vision 20/20 Award Announced!

Inaugural Recipient of the Restore Vision 20/20 Award Announced!

September 12th, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

There is no doubt that funding vision research is the surest path to developing new sight-saving treatments – just ask our Scientific Advisory Board. September 5, 2018 was a very special day for all of us at the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB): we hosted our annual Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, which brings together world-renowned…

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Listen to Dr. Chad Andrews on AMI’s The Pulse

Listen to Dr. Chad Andrews on AMI’s The Pulse

September 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our Manager of Research and Education, Dr. Chad Andrews, recently appeared on the AMI podcast The Pulse to discuss Cycle for Sight (4:00), recent breakthroughs in gene therapy (7:40), Dr. Michel Cayouette’s work on stem cells (12:36), and an online educational resource we’re currently developing called Vision Care Pathways (22:09). You can listen to the…

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Your Gifts Are Helping Generations to Come

Your Gifts Are Helping Generations to Come

September 7th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Most parents don’t know what the future holds for their children, but when your child is diagnosed with x-linked retinoschisis (XLRS), the same eye disease that your father has lived with his whole life, you know exactly what the future holds: vision loss. But knowing doesn’t make the diagnosis any easier, which was certainly the…

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