The Foundation Fighting Blindness is committed to funding sight-saving research across Canada and to keeping Canadians living with vision loss informed about the latest developments in vision research. News items and resources about emerging research are listed here. You can also see past issues of our monthly Vision Research e-News here!
Our Research News items are reviewed by Dr. Bill Stell, Expert Scientific Advisor for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Dr. Stell is a Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy; Surgery; Ophthalmology; and Neurosciences at the University of Calgary.
April 15, 2014 - Trial of Treatment to Slow Retinitis Pigmentosa Vision Loss Begins in Italy
The eye drop uses a nerve growth factor to protect photoreceptors.
March 31, 2014 - Geneticist's sight-saving contributions recognized
Dr. Jane Green received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
March 25, 2014 - A Link between Exercise and Vision Health
American scientists make the first report of simple exercise having a direct effect on retinal health and vision.
Feb 21, 2014 - New Compound May be the Basis of a Promising Drug to Reverse Retinal Blindness
California researchers invent a new "photoswitch," which may give light-sensing capacity to retinal nerve cells potentially restoring vision to people with advanced retinal degenerative diseases.
Feb 5, 2014 - Testing the Safety of Induced Stem Cell Therapies
Cells derived from induced pluipotent stem cells will soon be used in a clinical trial for dry age-related macular degeneration and may be used for other conditions as well. How are scientists assessing the risks?
Jan 16, 2014 - First gene therapy results for choroideremia suggest cautious optimism
Of first six patients treated in the British gene therapy trial for choroideremia, the two most visually impaired experience the most strikingly positive results.
Jan 8, 2014 - Allergies may protect against age-related macular degeneration
In a new, and unexpected research finding people with a history of allergies may be less likely to have AMD.
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