2015 Research News 

November 17, 2015 - Restoring Vision with Stem Cells
Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded researchers have succeeded in producing large amounts of human photoreceptors from stem cells. These new findings by Dr. Gilbert Bernier fuel our hope in stem cells. 

November 17, 2015 - Vision Quest Attendees Learn How to Advocate for Better Vision Treatments 
 Scientists, medical doctors, and individuals and families living with vision loss have been gathering at Vision Quest events across Canada to learn about the latest vision research. They learned how to take action to build a better, brighter future together-- learn three ways to take action today. 

November 9, 2015 - Teaching Scientists About the Research that Matters Most to You
People with vision loss are changing how scientists think about their research. This is one of the main reasons why we hold our annual conference: Vision Quest. Yes, Vision Quest is about bringing the latest research discoveries to people living with vision loss, but we also know that scientists have much to learn from the patients who they are trying to help.

November 6, 2015 - Treatment Access for Canadians Living with Age-Related Macular Degeneration at Risk
Do you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? Then, this story matters to you. Do you care about fair and equitable access to safe medications? Then, this story matters to you too. This story matters to Canadians living with AMD because it could enable regulators to restrict access to sight-saving drugs across the country. But, this is actually a much bigger story that stands to effect all Canadians because it could set a new precedent regarding the regulation and reimbursement of off-label medications.

October 6, 2015 - New Montreal Partnership to Accelerate Vision Research 
This past weekend, we were delighted to bring our educational conference series, Vision Quest, to Montréal for the very first time. We were honoured to be in Montréal for three key reasons. First, the people. Second, the research. And third, to celebrate our new partnership with the Montréal Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF).

October 5, 2015 - Gene Therapy for a Blinding Eye Disease is Poised for Government Approval
Today is an exciting day for gene therapy! Indeed, it’s a groundbreaking day because we are celebrating the successful results of the first phase 3 gene therapy clinical trial to treat a blinding eye disease.  

September 30, 2015 - Spotlight on Stem Cells: Will it work for you?
In this new spotlight on stem cells, we’ll dig a little deeper to get a better understanding of what the latest announcements means for the millions of people who are living with vision loss and eagerly awaiting some kind of treatment.

September 28, 2015 - Finding Your Best Vision Care Pathway: Three Expert Tips
We know that you have lots of questions about your vision health. We also know that it can be overwhelming to try and become more educated about your eye disease, especially as your vision is declining. So, we are embarking on a new educational initiative: the Vision Care Pathways Project, which puts your questions at the center.

September 16, 2015 - Translating Discoveries into Treatments: What can Patients Do?
 How can we “translate” scientific discoveries into new treatments? In Canada, we are fortunate that top thinkers across the country are working on this question. 

September 15, 2015 - Building Better Vision Care Pathways

Vision health is so important, yet we know how difficult it is to find answers to your vision questions. Who should you ask, where, when and how? Should you see a retinal specialist, a general ophthalmologist, an optometrist, an optician, or someone else? What will be covered by your health care insurance? What community supports are available?

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. 

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