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VISIONS2018 Live Stream

Watch VISIONS 2018 LIVE on June 22 & 23

Get the inside scoop on this year’s top research advances and what’s next in retinal disease science by watching VISIONS 2018 LIVE!

We will be streaming several of our annual VISIONS conference sessions live on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. The sessions will be live streamed here on our blog, and our national Facebook as well.

Here’s the full schedule of live sessions:

Friday, June 22, 2018

  • 9:00 a.m. PDT – 10:15 a.m. PDT– Opening Session: Mission Possible! The Year’s Top Advances and What’s Next in Retinal Disease Science
  • 12:30 p.m. PDT – 2:00 p.m. PDT – Keynote Luncheon: Think Outside our Perceived Limitations
  • 3:10 p.m. PDT – 4:15 p.m. PDT – What You Need to Know About Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Patient Registries
  • 4:20 p.m. PDT – 5:25 p.m. PDT – Clinical Trials Update and Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

  • 9:00 a.m. PDT – 10:25 a.m. PDT – Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Research and Clinical Updates
  • 10:30 a.m. PDT – 11:40 a.m. PDT– Stress Management and Self-Care for People with Degenerative Diseases
  • 1:00 p.m. PDT – 2:35 p.m. PDT – Adapting and Thriving: Find Your Product – Tips and Tools for Peak Personal Performance
  • 3:05 p.m. PDT – 4:30 p.m. PDT – Closing Session: Featuring Biotech Executive Emmett Cunningham and Chapter Awards

The full list of the many sessions that will be live on the blog, with additional details, is also on our website here.

We hope you’ll tune in, share it with your friends, and learn more about the promising new advances in retinal research.

 

French Gene Therapy Company Advancing Three Programs for Retinal Diseases

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Horama, a French biotech developing gene therapies for rare eye diseases, was established in 2014 as a spin-off of INSERM, France’s public scientific and technology institute. Today, the company has three gene-therapy development programs underway for rare inherited retinal diseases, targeting people with mutations in the genes PDE6B, RPE65, and RLBP1.
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ARVO 2018: Dr. Stephen Daiger Reports on the State of Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Diseases

After presenting a poster on a new mutation in the RP gene KIF3B at the ARVO meeting in Honolulu, FFB-funded geneticist Dr. Stephen Daiger discusses the progress that’s been made in genetic testing for people with inherited retinal conditions.

ARVO 2018: Dr. Steve Rose Reports on CRISPR/Cas9 for Inherited Retinal Diseases

FFB’s own Dr. Steve Rose, chief scientific officer, reviews our commitment to funding and exploring CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing for inherited retinal disease in the video below.

FFB currently funds CRISPR/Cas9 projects at four institutions:

  • Johns Hopkins University (retinitis pigmentosa caused by the P23H mutation in RHO)
  • Columbia University (RP caused by the D190N mutation in RHO)
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (RP caused by a mutation in RP1)
  • UCLA (Usher syndrome 1B caused by a mutation in MYO7A)

Want to learn more about the benefits of CRISPR/Cas9? Check out: A Cut-and-Paste Approach to Fixing Retinal-Disease Genes

ARVO 2018: Studies Show Mediterranean Diet May Lower Advanced AMD Risk

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Several research studies have suggested that the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) – which is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, and fish – may be good for your health, including lowering your risk of an early visit from the grim reaper.

Known as the EYE-RISK CONSORTIUM, a large international research collaboration found that the MeDi reduced the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 39 percent. The researcher’s findings were highlighted in a poster on May 1 at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Honolulu.
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ARVO 2018: Dr. Shannon Boye Reports on her Emerging Gene Therapy for LCA (GUCY2D)

At the annual ARVO research conference in Honolulu, I had an opportunity to talk with FFB-funded researcher Shannon Boye, PhD, University of Florida, about her advancement of gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (GUCY2D mutations) toward a clinical trial.

ARVO 2018: World’s Largest Show and Tell for Innovations in Eye Research

arvo_post_042518In addition to funding sight-saving research, we at FFB work hard to tell the scientific world about it. That’s because knowledge sharing and collaboration are critical to accelerating the advancement of promising therapies. Progress in developing treatments and cures isn’t made in a vacuum.

The best opportunity for us to showcase FFB-funded research is at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), which is being held April 29 – May 3 this year in Honolulu. More than 11,000 eye researchers from around the world — including five intrepid members from FFB’s science team — will gather to participate in what is essentially a massive “show and tell” of the latest scientific advancements.
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Retinal Patch Performs Promisingly in Clinical Trial for Dry AMD Patients

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Regenerative Patch Technologies, a company developing stem-cell-derived treatments for people with retinal diseases, has reported encouraging results for the first five patients with advanced, dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) participating in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for its therapy – a patch comprised of a layer of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells on a synthetic scaffold. The treatment is known as the California Project to Cure Blindness–Retinal Pigment Epithelium 1 (CPCB-RPE1).
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Study Suggests Vitamin A May Benefit Children with RP

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An FFB-funded study at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) suggests that vitamin A palmitate supplementation may slow the decline of cone function by nearly 50 percent in children with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Cones are the photoreceptors that normally provide daytime vision, and the ability to read, recognize faces, and perceive colors. Cone function was evaluated in the study by a full-field electroretinogram or ERG, which measures the retina’s electrical response to light.
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