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Decades of Service to the FFB Community

Decades of Service to the FFB Community

August 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

This past August, Sharon Colle, President and CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2018. We recently sat down with Sharon to discuss her more than 27-year tenure with the FFB and what her hopes are for the future of the organization. Q: What brought…

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National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

July 30th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

“My perception of leadership has changed. I believe that leadership is not just about being a leader for yourself, but for your team and for what you stand for.” – 2018 Young Leaders Summit attendee The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s National Young Leaders Program is unique in Canada. Launched in 2015, it brings together youth affected…

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Are You Living with Glaucoma?

Are You Living with Glaucoma?

July 23rd, 2018 by FFB Canada

Are you currently living with glaucoma? If so, we at the Foundation Fighting Blindness would like to learn about your experiences with the disease so that we can help build a better future for glaucoma patients. Please click on the link below to complete our survey on glaucoma. It should only take 10 minutes of…

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10 Years of Cycle for Sight

10 Years of Cycle for Sight

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That…

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Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Did you know that obesity is the second most important environmental risk factor for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? At the FFB, we are very proud to be funding Dr. Mike Sapieha, who is leading a study to understand how high-fat diets may impact the progression of dry AMD to the more severe, “wet” form…

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What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

July 3rd, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Guest post from Steve’s mom, Catherine Kirugi Like most kids his age, my 9-year old son Steve, asks a lot of questions. But one of them always breaks my heart. “Mom, why am I blind?” When Steve was just a few months old, he was diagnosed with the eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). My…

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The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

The Talking Eye: Understanding the Retina as a Communications System

June 12th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

Like any part of the human body, the eye only functions when its various parts communicate effectively—when they “talk” to one another, in other words. In fact, the importance of communication is heightened in the body’s more complex components, and the eye is certainly one of these: we know that vision is the result of…

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2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

2018 Summer InVision Newsletter

June 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our 2018 Summer InVision newsletter is now fully accessible and available online! This issue includes the following stories: – Promising Results Show the Potential for Stem-Cell Therapies to Restore Vision – Stem Cells & Vision Repair – Top 5 Vision Health Tips This Summer – Lorna Rosenstein: A Pillar of Hope, Strength, and Dedication in…

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Why Advocating for Better Vision Health Policy Matters

Why Advocating for Better Vision Health Policy Matters

June 7th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

When the FFB was founded in 1974, little was know about blinding eye diseases, and even less about the genetic factors underlying inherited forms of blindness. Today that landscape has shifted enormously: we’ve pinpointed many—though not all—of the genes involved in degenerative vision loss, and have a much clearer picture of the biology of the…

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