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Celebrating the FFB Laboratory

Celebrating the FFB Laboratory

March 11th, 2015 by FFB Canada

With the support of our donors, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is dedicated to strengthening vision research in Canada. As part of our nation-wide effort, we have committed over $1 million to renowned researchers at Toronto Western Hospital since 2007. Today, we’re proud to announce that this long-term support has been recognized with the unveiling of…

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How Do Stem Cells Become Photoreceptors?

How Do Stem Cells Become Photoreceptors?

February 17th, 2015 by FFB Canada

For people living with blinding eye diseases, stem cell therapies are often considered the ‘holy grail’ of potential treatments. This is because stem cells have the ability to make all of the different cells in the eye that are needed for vision. For this reason, many researchers are searching for ways to use stem cells…

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Discovery Opens Doors For New AMD Treatment

Discovery Opens Doors For New AMD Treatment

February 15th, 2015 by FFB Canada

More than a million Canadians have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes them to lose the central part of their vision. In the developed world, AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60. With support from the Foundation Fighting Blindness community, scientists are working to change this reality. Less than 10 years…

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Celebrating Hope: Christine & Andre

Celebrating Hope: Christine & Andre

February 10th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Christine Leclerc and Andre Leroy Audy married on September 20, 2014. Instead of purchasing expensive party favours, the Montreal couple made a donation of $1,000 to the Foundation Fighting Blindness and sent each guest home with a beautiful pillar candle and a note about their gift. “A donation to the Foundation Fighting Blindness is so…

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What is the Difference Between Lucentis, Eylea & Avastin?

What is the Difference Between Lucentis, Eylea & Avastin?

February 9th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Many people who are living with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have questions about the different treatments that are available to them. In particular, people wonder about how Lucentis, Eylea and Avastin differ. These three drugs are all anti-VEGF agents that are injected periodically into the affected eye. What is an ‘anti-VEGF’ agent? Vascular endothelial…

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Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Donates Over $10,000 to Vision Research

Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Donates Over $10,000 to Vision Research

January 22nd, 2015 by FFB Canada

Shorcan employees and clients generously generated over $10,000 to restore hope and sight in one day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The annual Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Charity Day on January 22, 2015 raised a total of $10,057 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This is the 7th year Shorcan, TMX Group’s fixed income interdealer…

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You Can Help Prevent Genetic Discrimination

You Can Help Prevent Genetic Discrimination

January 12th, 2015 by FFB Canada

While we are celebrating the recent discovery of a new gene linked to blindness, the breakthrough also reminds us that more must be done to protect Canadians from genetic discrimination. What is genetic discrimination? Genetic discrimination is treating someone unfairly because of his of her genetic makeup – a person’s unique DNA sequence they inherit…

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New Genetic Discovery Helps Solve the Mystery of Childhood Blindess

New Genetic Discovery Helps Solve the Mystery of Childhood Blindess

January 9th, 2015 by FFB Canada

“It was like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Dr. Robert Koenekoop. “It was so obvious to all of us that this was big.” With ongoing support from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), Dr. Koenekoop has spent more than a decade searching for genes that could open up new sight-saving therapies. What makes this…

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Saving Photoreceptors

Saving Photoreceptors

December 4th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Photoreceptor cells in the eye capture light, making vision possible. In retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and dry age-related macular degeneration, photoreceptors die, causing vision loss. Why do photoreceptors die? This question motivates many Foundation-funded scientists, who are looking for ways to protect these cells and prevent them from dying. Foundation-funded scientist, Dr. Phillipe…

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How Does The Eye Respond to Motion?

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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