Art is Her Best Friend

Yvonne is living her dream. She is an artist, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for vision research.

Become a Community Fundraiser

Community events are a fun way for you to join the fight against blindness and fund sight saving research. Host a fundraiser in your community today!

Out-pacing vision loss

Cycle for Sight founder and co-chair, Michael Ovens, will cycle any distance or run any length to help support sight-saving research.

Meet Molly Burke, FFB Youth Ambassador

Youth Ambassador

Molly Burke is a youth ambassador for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, educating the public about living with blindness while delivering a message of hope to those living with vision impairment.

Meet Norma Bastidas, mom on a mission

Mom on a Mission

Norma is the second person in history to run 7 of the planet's most unforgiving environments on 7 continents in 1 year in support of vision research. Read her about incredible journey.

Meet Dale Turner, proof that research does work

Miracles do happen

Dale Turner is the first Canadian to receive an experimental treatment and have some sight restored by gene therapy. Dale is proof that investing in research works.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Appoints New Scientific Leader

July 4, 2013 - Dr. Michel Cayouette of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) has been appointed at the new Chair of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Scientific Advisory Board. He took over this responsibility from Dr. Valerie Wallace, July 1, 2013.

Dr. Cayouette studies stem cells. He explores the factors that determine what kind of cells a dividing stem cell will become, important information both to understand how the retina develops and to facilitate transplants of retinal cells. Dr. Cayouette has been involved with the Foundation Fighting Blindness, since early in his career, when he received a William K. Stell New Investigator Award from the Foundation to help establish his research program at IRCM. He currently holds a Foundation Fighting Blindness operating grant and two grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is also the leader of a major multi-investigator grant from Brain Canada announced earlier this year.

Dr. Cayouette considers Valerie Wallace, outgoing Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, an outstanding model for his own tenure.

“I have witnessed the importance of the chair of the SAB over the past few years, and I am pleased to accept this challenge," says Dr. Cayouette. "I strongly believe that identifying and funding excellent science is the only way towards cures and treatments for blindness. I think Valerie has done a fantastic job over the past few years and I will do my best to keep up the high standards.”

Dr. Wallace is making a major career change this year, relocating her research program from Ottawa to become the new Donald K. Johnson Chair at Toronto Western Research Institute.

“Valerie is just one example of the high calibre and professionalism of people that work with and for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, says Dr. Cayouette.  I am looking forward to working with you all to promote the very best Canadian vision science!”

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