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.
September 17, 2014 - Discovery paves the road for new treatments to prevent blindness in babies
An exciting new discovery by Foundation Fighting Blindness funded scientist, Dr. Jean-Sébastien Joyal and colleagues, opens the door to new treatments for retinopathy of prematurity.
September 17, 2014 - Can stem cells be used to treat age-related macular degeneration?
The world is watching after a woman in her 70s underwent a groundbreaking surgery in Japan.
August 28, 2014 - New Findings on an Eye Drop to Treat Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Squalamine eye drops may make current wet AMD treatments more effective, but the eye drops are unlikely to replace treatments by drug injections into the eye.
July 13, 2014 - MUHC researcher unveils novel treatment for a form of childhood blindness
An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).
June 17, 2014 - Eight New Sight-Saving Research Projects
With your support, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is funding new research projects to better understand and treat age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis and other blinding retinal diseases.
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Conference Coverage 2014
The annual ARVO meeting is the world's largest conference for vision research. It is being held this year in Orlando, Florida. We'll provide updates throughout the meeting.May 8, 2014 - Potential Therapy to Slow Retinal Vision Loss
Promising signs of advances towards a sight protecting therapy for retinitis pigmentosa
May 7, 2014 - Valproic Acid as a Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa
Early trials show some visual improvements, but the treatmetn may only be appropriate for some types of RP.
May 6, 2014 - Genetic Testing and Retinitis Pigmentosa
Dr. Robert Koenekoop and his colleagues present information about a new screening panel for retinitis pigmentosa
May 6, 2014 - The Long-Term Treatment of Wet AMD
A closer look at the outcomes for people receiving wet AMD injections over many years
May 4, 2014 - One Year Results of the Choroideremia Gene Therapy Trial Presented
British scientists present data from this ongoing trial
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.
Donations to the Foundation Fighting Blindness support research teams across Canada. See our annual wrap-up of Ten 2013 Research Discoveries.You can help – support us today!