2015 Research News 

August 18, 2015 – Learning about the new “stem cell based” clinical trial for retinitis pigmentosa

August 18, 2015 – To balance out the lazy summer days of August, we have three ways for you to take ACTION. Read these stories to learn how you can get involved without overheating! 

What do you think about clinical trials for children with inherited eye diseases? Share your ideas by joining this research project

Eylea Covered in Ontario! We need your voice to ensure equitable access to sight-saving treatments across Canada

Vision Quest Halifax: Foundation-funded scientists discuss clinical trials and the patient registry

July 15, 2015 - Together, the following three research stories paint a larger picture about the research process; read them in order to learn how research changes throughout a 3-year operating grant as ideas become reality.  

New research beginnings: Turning ideas into reality

Halfway there: A new discovery and a new direction  

Three-year Foundation grant ends with new discovery 

June 29, 2015 - Turning Genetic Knowledge into Therapies
We are thrilled to announce the beginning of Canada's first gene therapy trial for a blinding eye disease

June 22, 2015 - Investing in the Best
Meet the winners from our annual grant competition and learn how they are changing the future for people living with vision loss.  

June 19, 2015 - Combining stem cells and gene-therapy for a "Smart" sight-saving treatment 
Learn about Dr. Andras Nagy's plans to revolutionize how we treat age-related macular degeneration

May 25, 2015 - Discovery Opens New Strategy for Preventing Vision Loss
By studying the inner cells of the eye, Foundation-funded scientists are learning how to prevent vision loss.   

May 25, 2015 - Making Blind Mice See is Just the Beginning 
This exciting Foundation-supported stem cell research is solving important problems in regeneratice medicine. 

April 20, 2015 - Expanding the Future of Retinal Gene Therapy
Dr. Robert Molday is building on the success of the RPE65 gene therapy trial to treat Lebers congenital amaurosis by developing strategies to fix much larger genes, including ABCA4, which is associated with Stargardt disease, and MYO7A, which is associated with Usher Syndrome. 

March 4, 2015 - Can Valproic acid (VPA) be used to treat retinitis pigmentosa? The answer is in the genes
These clinically important results are especially meaningful to Ruanne Lai because in addition to studying RP in the lab, she lives with the disease.

February 17, 2015 - How do stem cells become photoreceptors? New discovery provides insights with clinical implications
Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded scientists are celebrating a game-changing discovery that contributes to our understanding of how stem cells become photoreceptors – the eye’s light-sensing cells.

February 9, 2015Making existing treatments better: new findings show how to improve the effectiveness of anti-VEGF drugs 
New research findings by Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded scientist point to better treatment options for people living with age-related macular degeneration.   

January 9, 2015 - New genetic discovery helps to solve the mystery of childhood blindness
Learn how your donations helped to find a "needle in a haystack" gene.

Check out our 2014 Research Infographic to see how the FFB community is fighting blindness.

In 2014, the Foundation undertook a detailed review of the progress made with our research funding. 

2014 Reseach News Archive

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