Research

Together We Will Cure Blindness

December 12th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Right now, over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding eye diseases and as vision fades, so too can hope.  To date, donors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) have contributed more than $32 million for vision research.  And now, until the end of 2018, a generous supporter will match your gift up to a…

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Game-Changing Discovery will “Rapidly Accelerate” the Development of Cell-Based Therapies

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Today, we are excited to announce a truly transformative discovery that will “rapidly accelerate” the development of cell-based therapies—not just for blinding eye diseases, but for all kinds of regenerative medicine! One of the main hurdles to developing stem cell therapies is ensuring that they are safe. Stem cells hold incredible therapeutic potential because they…

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From Identifying Gene Mutations to Developing New Treatments for Inherited Retinal Diseases

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Matthew Benson Dr. Matthew Benson knows that improving our understanding of why blinding eye diseases happen will lay foundations for developing effective new treatments. He is particularly motivated to develop therapies for the many patients he cares for who currently have no treatment options. Indeed, Dr. Benson is so inspired…

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Could Vitamin D Impact the Development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Clinician-Scientist Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Jacob Rullo Dr. Jacob Rullo is studying the connection between vitamin D inside the eye and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the aging population. Although vitamin D is involved with many diseases, it has not been extensively studied in the eye. This is remarkable considering…

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New Video and Podcast Detailing the FFB Patient Registry

November 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

At a recent Vision Quest event in Toronto focused on inherited retinal diseases, four clinician-scientists sat down to discuss the FFB Patient Registry. In the video linked below (also provided in podcast format), Dr. Ian MacDonald, Dr. Elise Héon, Dr. Johane Robitaille, and Vaishnavi Batmanabane answer questions about the FFB’s Patient Registry, genetic testing for…

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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

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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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!

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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