Research

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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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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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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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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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

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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FFB Announces New Partnership with Bayer to Drive Vision Research in Canada

May 2nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

At the FFB, our goal is to drive the development and availability of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Curing blindness is a gargantuan mission, but we know it’s worth fighting for! We also know that we can’t do it alone, especially because the closer we get to new treatments, the more expensive the…

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RNA Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

May 1st, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

I recently participated in a tremendously inspiring meeting, hosted by ProQR, which is a company that is creating new treatments for people living with rare diseases, including blinding eye diseases. ProQR specializes in developing RNA therapeutics, and I was there to learn about a new clinical trial that they are planning to treat the inherited…

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2018 Vision Quest Education Series Kicks Off in London (Videos)

May 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our first Vision Quest of 2018 took place on April 28 in London, Ontario where we were grateful to have Dr. Tom Sheidow volunteering his time and sharing his expertise with a crowd of more than 250 people. We’re pleased…

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