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Call to Action: Ask Congress to Support $1 Billion in Eye Research

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An important bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives that has the potential to greatly increase research funding for all blinding eye conditions, including retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome, and age-related macular degeneration.
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FFB-Funded Scientists Report on Nine Promising Translational Research Efforts

Translational research — moving promising science out of laboratories and into clinical trials — is essential to getting vision-saving, retinal-disease treatments out to the millions who need them. With that said, translational research is also costly and high risk and requires extensive clinical development and regulatory knowledge.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has taken the translational challenge head on by investing more than $75 million in therapy-development projects with strong clinical-trial potential through its Translational Research Acceleration Program (TRAP), which includes Gund-Harrington Scholar Awards.
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Found in Translation: Advancing Treatments Into Human Studies

A clinical trial patient is examined

Photo courtesy of the National Eye Institute

I am always excited when a new research paper comes across my desk reporting on an emerging treatment that has saved or restored vision in an animal or cell-based model of retinal disease. The advancement provides meaningful hope for a therapy that can benefit people. But it raises a big question for the Foundation Fighting Blindness: What will it take to move the treatment into and through human studies?
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Join Me (and 11,000 Other Eye Specialists) in Fort Lauderdale

I invite you to join me, this coming week, in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida – not for spring break, but for something even better. As is always the case this time of year, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) will host its international conference, providing thousands of eye professionals with the latest information on retinal research and technologies.

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