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Investing In The Best: Our 2015 Operating Grant Winners

Investing In The Best: Our 2015 Operating Grant Winners

June 22nd, 2015 by FFB Canada

We only invest in the best research. But, how do we choose? How do we predict which research project is the most promising hope for the future? The answer is peer review—a tried and true method that is used around the world to critically evaluate new research. Studies show that this is the best way…

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Combining Stem Cells & Gene Therapy for a ‘Smart’ Sight-Saving Treatment

Combining Stem Cells & Gene Therapy for a ‘Smart’ Sight-Saving Treatment

June 19th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Dr. Andras Nagy is world-renowned for discovering a method to create stem cells from other cells of the body, a breakthrough which overcame a major hurdle in regenerative medicine. He is also widely recognized for his research that manipulates how cells express different molecules. In his new Foundation-funded project, he is using this expertise to…

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Dale’s Story: Gene Therapy In Action

Dale’s Story: Gene Therapy In Action

June 14th, 2015 by FFB Canada

When Dale Turner was six years old, and diagnosed with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic eye disease, the prognosis was bleak. His parents were told that Dale would be completely blind by the age of ten but, at 21 years-old, Dale became the first Canadian to receive an experimental gene therapy treatment that restored…

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Making Blind Mice See Is Just the Beginning

Making Blind Mice See Is Just the Beginning

May 25th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Curing blindness in mice is pretty exciting, but it’s not enough for Dr. Brian Ballios. Although Dr. Ballios is pretty ecstatic about his recent discovery, which partially restored vision to blind mice, his ultimate goal is to turn these findings into treatments for people who are living with vision loss. So, even though Dr. Ballios…

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Discovery Opens New Strategy for Preventing Vision Loss

Discovery Opens New Strategy for Preventing Vision Loss

May 25th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Many of the Foundation’s sight-saving research projects are focused on photoreceptors. This is because photoreceptors are critically important for vision – they are needed to sense light. Many blinding eye diseases involve the gradual loss of photoreceptors. In fact, in some of these diseases it appears that ONLY photoreceptors are lost. Actually, this is one…

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New Research Beginnings: Making Ideas Into Reality

New Research Beginnings: Making Ideas Into Reality

May 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

July is a month of new beginnings. At the Foundation Fighting Blindness, July 1st marks the start of a new research year. While our nation was celebrating Canada Day, we were also celebrating the official commencement of the winning research projects from our annual grant competition. Any researcher will tell you that it’s very difficult…

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Expanding the Future of Retinal Gene Therapy

Expanding the Future of Retinal Gene Therapy

April 20th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Scientists studying blindness are attracted to the transformative potential of gene therapy because it can profoundly impact the lives of people living with vision loss. The eye is an ideal organ for gene replacement therapy because it is 1) accessible, 2) less likely to reject the new gene, 3) small in size, 4) isolated from…

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Shedding Light On Blindness

Shedding Light On Blindness

April 10th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Today, we’re celebrating the launch of our first-ever national awareness campaign, designed to inspire more Canadians to join the fight against blindness. Our incredible ambassador, Molly Burke, took to the airwaves yesterday to help us kick off our nationwide efforts with an appearance on Global TV’s The Morning Show. She opened up to viewers about her life with retinitis pigmentosa,…

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