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3.25.14 – Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Libby and Sam Edelman & Evan Mittman at Fashion Ball Visionary Awards Dinner

May 13 Gala Supports Cutting-Edge Research to Save and Restore Sight

3.14.14 – Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Visionaries Joyce and Walter Larson and Dr. Judy Genshaft at April 17 Benefit

Tampa – St. Petersburg Dining in the Dark Offers Glimpse into Lives of the Blind to Support Sight-Saving Research

3.11.14 - ReNeuron to receive support from Foundation Fighting Blindness for its retinal stem cell therapy candidate for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa

The Foundation has played a key role in the advancement of ReNeuron’s ReN003 therapy through funding to Schepens Eye Research Institute

3.10.14 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Sucampo Pharmaceuticals’ Co-founder Dr. Ryuji Ueno and Emory University’s Dr. Timothy Olsen at April 1 ‘For the Love of Sight’ Gala

Master of Ceremonies ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Alison Starling knows the impact of blinding diseases

3.6.14 - Fidelity Investing Legend Peter Lynch to Receive Visionary Award April 9

3rd Annual Boston Dining in the Dark set for April 9

2.28.14 - Community Volunteer and Philanthropist, Sharon Hale, to Receive Visionary Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness

3rd Annual Twin Cities Dining in the Dark on for May 14

2.28.14 - Charity Auction Will Feature Work of Visionary Artist, Iron Eye RETNA, To Benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness

The March 6 event will use art to shine a light on the importance of blindness research

2.17.14 – Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Thomas W. Burns and Dr. Jennifer Simpson at Orange County Dining in the Dark

Guests will get first-hand insight into the lives of the blind Feb. 27

2.4.14 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Hosts ‘Banking on a Cure’ Gala April 8

GRK Partners Chairman Gary Katcher and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s Stephen Tsang, M.D., Ph.D. To Receive Visionary Awards

10.9.13 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness Announces Nearly $3 Million in Funding For Nine New Research Projects to Save and Restore Sight

Latest investments feed into more than $6 million that’s been pumped into the research pipeline this year

8.12.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Dining in the Dark Opens Guests’ Eyes to Challenges of the Visually Impaired, Benefits Sight-Saving Research

NASCAR Hall of Famer and NASCAR on FOX Analyst, Darrell Waltrip, and President & General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Marcus Smith, To Receive Visionary Awards

8.8.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Presents Board of Directors Award To Penn Vet Researchers Targeting Vision-Saving Treatments And Cures

3rd Annual Boston Dining in the Dark set for April 9

7.12.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Presents Builders Of Sight Award To Board Members Moira Shea And George Villere

Affected By Vision-Robbing Diseases, Two Leaders Honored at VISIONS 2013 National Conference

7.9.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Presents Llura Liggett Gund Award To University Of Florida Researcher Targeting Vision-Saving Treatments and Cures

William W. Hauswirth, Ph.D., Honored for Lifetime Scientific Achievement at VISIONS 2013

5.31.13 - Three South Carolina Brothers Cycle Across America to Support Their Father and Uncle Who Have A Blinding Disease

4,200-Mile Bike Ride Will Raise Funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Sight-Saving Research.

4.25.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Janet and Senator Frank Kelly at Baltimore Visionary Awards Dinner

ABC2 television anchor Jamie Costello will emcee the June 5 event to benefit sight-saving research

4.23.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor the Barnes Foundation’s Derek Gillman at Dining in the Dark

The Philadelphia fundraiser will take place on June 18, giving guests a first-hand glimpse of blindness

4.8.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Host Blind Wine Tasting & Auction June 8 to Benefit Sight-Saving Research

Event Co-Chair Doesn’t Let Vision Loss Slow Her Down

3.26.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Jonathan Adler and Elaine Gold at Fashion Ball: Dining in the Dark

Fashion industry leaders come together May 22 to raise awareness and funds for blindness research

3.25.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Second Sight and ForSight Labs Leaders at 6th Annual San Francisco Dining in the Dark

April 25 event unites the Bay Area’s ophthalmic innovators to support sight-saving research

3.14.13 - San Diego Couple Jill and Evan Stone To Be Honored at San Diego Dining in the Dark

May 22 benefit will feature keynote speaker Salk Institute President Dr. William Brody

3.13.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical Research Institute to Launch ProgStar Natural History Study for Stargardt Disease to Help Prepare for Future Clinical Trials

Nine sites in the U.S. and abroad will evaluate patients

3.11.13 - Visually-Impaired Community to Gather at Foundation Fighting Blindness National VISIONS 2013 Conference to Hear Research Updates and Improve Coping Skills

Highlights include keynotes from best-selling blind author Michael Hingson and international speaker Craig MacFarlane, and a session covering the newly FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis

3.5.13 – Foundation to Honor Visionaries Hazel and Bill Hough and Patsy and Gene McNichols

The Tampa – St. Petersburg Dining in the Dark on April 10 offers a unique glimpse into the lives of the blind to benefit research

2.11.13 - The Honorable Catherine Anderson & Retina Center of Minnesota’s Abdhish R. Bhavsar, MD, To Receive Foundation Fighting Blindness Visionary Awards

2nd Annual Twin Cities Dining in the Dark will raise awareness and research funds on May 29

2.19.13 – Foundation to Honor SV Life Sciences’ Dr. David Guyer and MIT’s Dr. Robert Langer

The Boston Dining in the Dark on April 9 offers guests a first-hand glimpse into lives of the blind

2.4.13 - Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Xcovery Vision’s Teri Ardleigh Swift At ‘Banking on a Cure’ Gala

The event on March 6 in New York City will benefit sight-saving research.

1.31.13 – St. Louis Dining in the Dark Opens Guests’ Eyes to Challenges of the Visually Impaired

St. Louis Blues’ Chairman Tom Stillman and Rams’ Star Steven Jackson To Be Honored April 3

1.25.13 – Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Former Ambassador Tom Korologos and Former Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin Korologos at ‘For the Love of Sight’ Benefit

Master of Ceremonies ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Alison Starling  and special guest Mrs. World April Lufriu both know the impact of blinding diseases.

12.7.12 – Inaugural Santa Barbara Dining in the Dark To Honor David Winter and Mary Romo

Guests at the Jan. 24 fundraiser will gain first-hand insight into the lives of the visually impaired

12.6.12 – Supermarket Industry Leaders and Parents of Visually Impaired Children Unite to Fight Blindness at ‘A Vision for the Future’

The Jan. 17 event in New York will honor Key Food Chief Executive Dean Janeway and feature special guest emcee Mrs. World

12.4.12 - Orbital President and CEO & the DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence To Be Honored at Northern Virginia Dining in the Dark

Feb. 7 event opens guests’ eyes to the challenges of the visually impaired, benefits sight-saving research.

10.29.12 – Steven D. Alper Appointed to Board of Directors

Barclays managing director joins the Foundation’s board leadership.

Foundation To Host Chicago Visions Ball Sept. 22 to Benefit Sight-Saving Research

AutoTrader Group CEO Chip Perry will receive the Foundation’s Visionary Award

Inaugural Madison Dining in the Dark Raises $250K for Blindness Research

University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders honored at ‘eye-opening’ event Sept. 12

North Carolina Dining in the Dark To Honor NASCAR Leaders Oct. 9

The Foundation Fighting Blindness will present its Visionary Award to Richard Childress and Mike Helton at the 2nd Annual event.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Announces $2.4 Million in Funding for Eight New Sight-Saving Research Projects

The spectrum of funded work spans from innovating gene therapies, to advancing cell transplantation, to understanding AMD risk, to developing new therapies for an inherited condition that causes blindness at birth.

12-Year-Old Boy with Vision Impairment Hosts Dining in the Dark to Open Classmates’ Eyes to Blindness

St. Paul, Minn. youth leader Louie McGee is raising awareness and funds for research Sept. 13

Foundation Fighting Blindness Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence in Retinal Research
Innovators from the University of Iowa, UC Berkeley, and The Johns Hopkins University were honored at the Foundation’s VISIONS 2012 national conference.

Boston Dining in the Dark will Honor Massachusetts Governor, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Founder & Mass. Eye and Ear Researcher

June 21 inaugural dinner will offer insight into the lives of the visually impaired to benefit sight-saving research

Foundation Fighting Blindness and RetroSense Therapeutics Make Progress Toward First-Ever Clinical Trial for a Sight-Saving Optogenetic Gene Therapy Treatment

A productive meeting with the FDA provides a clearer path to the clinic for an innovative gene therapy developed by RetroSense Therapeutics.

Visually Impaired Performers and Artists Appeal to the Senses at Unique Dinner to Fight Blindness

San Diego event on June 21 will raise funds for sight-saving research.

Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Governor Ed Rendell & NetCarrier Chairman and CEO Brook Lenfest

Philadelphia Dining in the Dark on June 21 will raise awareness and funds for research.

Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor A Former Maryland Governor and Football Star at the Baltimore Dining in the Dark

Governor Bob Ehrlich and former Ravens all-pro placekicker Matt Stover support sight-saving research at June 14 dinner.

Fashion Industry Leaders to Dine in the Dark in Support of Sight-Saving Research

Fashion and music will collide at this New York City event on May 30 to fight blindness.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Commits $2 Million to MitoChem Therapeutics for Developing a Vision-Saving Drug Treatment

The Charleston, S.C.-based start-up company’s innovative approach involves protecting mitochondrial function in cells to potentially slow vision loss caused by conditions such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

St. Louis Dining in the Dark Offers a Glimpse into the Lives of the Blind to Support Sight-Saving Research

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak serves as honorary chair to recognize St. Louisans Jerry Kent and David Peacock on May 16.

Visionaries Susan and John Sykes to Be Honored at Tampa Bay Dining in the Dark

The April 17 event offers a glimpse into the lives of the blind.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Host San Francisco Dining in the Dark in Support of Research

The Visionary Award will be presented April 5 to 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki and Genentech Global Head of Ophthalmology Dr. Tony Adamis.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Receives $50,000 Grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to Fund Macular Degeneration Research

Eager to advance treatments and cures, the Providence-based community organization recognizes the impact of vision loss on the people it serves.

Inaugural Twin Cities Dining in the Dark Offers Glimpse into the Lives of the Blind to Support Sight-Saving Research

A Mayo Clinic professor and an insurance industry leader will be recognized with the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Visionary Award on May 23 in Minneapolis.

Dallas Dining in the Dark Offers a Glimpse into the Lives of the Blind to Support Sight-Saving Research

Visionaries Margaret Crow and Dr. David Birch will be honored at the April 12 event.

Foundation Fighting Blindness To Recognize New York Visionaries At Building Toward A Cure Gala In Support Of Sight-Saving Research

A leader in New York’s construction industry, and an NYU School of Medicine professor and researcher will receive the Foundation’s Visionary Award.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Grants RetroSense Therapeutics $250,000 for Research into Using Genes from Algae to Reverse Severe Vision Loss

The optogenetics field of research is a promising approach to restoring sight in people with severe vision loss or complete blindness.

Foundation Fighting Blindness & Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Host Orange County Shine the Light Gala In Support Of Sight-Saving Research

The partnership unites two organizations intently focused on saving and restoring vision, for an event that will honor three ophthalmic industry leaders

Louis And Amie Kreisberg Contribute $200K To Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Madison Strategic Partners CEO’s gift will fund research towards treatments and cures

Visually Impaired Community to Gather In Minneapolis For Foundation Fighting Blindness National Conference June 28-July 1

The Foundation Fighting Blindness will host its national conference, VISIONS 2012, on June 28-July 1 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, uniting individuals and families affected with retinal degenerative diseases.

Walmart Associates Support Eye Health and Sight-Saving Research Through Foundation Fighting Blindness ‘Save Your Vision Month’ Program

Walmart associates’ footsteps raised $280,000 in 2011.

Congressman Jerry Lewis and Author Tom Clancy To Be Honored At Foundation Fighting Blindness D.C. For the Love of Sight Visionary Awards Dinner
Hundreds of Washingtonians will unite to fight blindness and recognize two visionaries at the 10th annual event on March 28.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Announces $1.8 Million Grant to Leading Netherlands Institute, Expands International Research Portfolio

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost institutions for genetic, laboratory and clinical research for inherited retinal degenerative diseases, The Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands will serve as a Foundation Fighting Blindness Research Center.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Announces Dr. Patricia Zilliox as Chief Drug Development Officer

Dr. Zilliox brings several years of experience planning and executing human studies for eye diseases.

Foundation Fighting Blindness To Honor Tysons Corner Innovator and SAIC CEO at Northern Virginia Dining in the Dark To Benefit Sight-Saving Research

Irving Interests President and CEO Marty Irving and SAIC CEO Walt Havenstein will receive Foundation Visionary Awards on Dec. 15, as guests dine in complete darkness to better understand the daily reality of vision impairment.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Invests $8.25 Million in Six Gene Therapy Research Projects Poised for Clinical Trials

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing sight-saving research, announces an $8.25 million investment in six new gene therapy research projects that are targeted to have treatments ready for clinical trials within three years. The grants focus on treating a broad range of retinal degenerative diseases and will be allocated through the Foundation’s Translational Research Acceleration Program, which funds research efforts with strong, near-term clinical potential.

NASCAR Industry Leaders Honored at Inaugural North Carolina Dining in the Dark
All-time NASCAR winner Richard Petty and auto racing business leader O. Bruton Smith receive Visionary Awards
AGTC Receives Grant from the Foundation Fighting Blindness for Pre-Clinical Study of Gene Therapy for Eye Disease

Gainesville, Florida. (September 21, 2011)—Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a privately-held, clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel systems to deliver human therapeutics, announces that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Foundation Fighting Blindness to fund a pre-clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of a gene therapy treatment for X-linked Retinoschisis (XLRS) a genetic eye disease affecting over 35,000 patients in the US and Europe. The work is being coordinated by AGTC in collaboration with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University The Casey Eye Institute, Dr. David Wilson and The University of Florida, Dr. William Hauswirth. The grant is part of the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ effort to fund research projects with strong potential to enter into human clinical trials within three years.

Foundation Receives $300K Grant for Recessive RP, LCA Gene Therapy Research
August 29, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness announces a $300,000 grant from the M. House Family Fund to support gene therapy research related to autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). The funding will span three years to help researchers develop an AAV gene therapy treatment that can safely and effectively deliver a healthy gene to the inner cells in the retina that are affected by variations in the CRB1 gene.

Career Development Award Grants Develop Promising Research Talent
August 18, 2011 - As part of an ongoing effort to foster the next generation of cutting-edge retinal degenerative disease research leaders, the Foundation announces three 2011 Career Development Award grant recipients.

'Pitching for a Cure' Family day at Yankee Stadium to Benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness

August 11, 2011 - Yankees fans have the unique opportunity to meet team greats Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers, hear a “state of the team” talk from General Manager Brian Cashman, take swings in a batting cage, and tour the dugout and clubhouse at the ‘Pitching for a Cure’ Family Day at Yankee Stadium. The event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., and is organized by the White Rose Good Neighbor Program in conjunction with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to support sight-saving research.

The Foundation Announces Six New National Trustees

August 4, 2011 - The Foundation has named six new national trustees in recognition of these leaders’ commitment to driving retinal research and strong support of FFB. They include Aryeh Bourkoff, Dr. David Detrisac, Dr. Gil Kliman, Dr. Jack Nudel, and Dale and Nancy Pollak. These dedicated individuals and their families have been active volunteers and inspiring advocates for FFB’s work.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Launches Human Study to Treat Blinding Disease with Valproic Acid

June 30, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness has launched a Phase II clinical trial of valproic acid, now underway, to evaluate the drug’s effectiveness in slowing vision loss for people with autosomal dominant forms of retinitis pigmentosa (adRP), an inherited retinal degeneration that progressively leads to blindness. Autosomal dominant forms affect multiple generations within families. Valproic acid is already FDA-approved for the treatment of some seizure disorders, and preclinical and clinical research has yielded evidence suggesting the drug may also slow vision loss in people with adRP.

Legally Blind Triathlete Champion Micheal Stone to Give Motivational Talk at Book Signing - August 13, 2011

July 26, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness Jacksonville Area Chapter will host a free event featuring 10-time Ironman triathlete and XTERRA champion Michael Stone. Also an author, coach, trainer, public speaker, and multisport shop owner, Stone is affected with a rare vision-robbing disease called cone-rod dystrophy that causes his world to be painfully bright. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon at the University of North Florida’s Student Union Building (Room 3804), 1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Fund Nine New Research Grants

July 28, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness has announced funding for nine new 3-year grants in support of a wide range of innovative retinal research projects including the development of: enhanced genetic screening strategies, new gene therapies, vision-preserving drugs, and advanced retinal imaging techniques.

St. Paul 10-Year-Old With Vision Impairment Kicks Off “Make A Splash” Campaign To Fight Blindness

July 14, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul 10-year-old Louie McGee will kick off the month-long “Make a Splash” awareness and fundraising campaign to fight blindness on Saturday, August 6, from 10-11 a.m., at the Nordstrom fountain in Mall of America®. He will lead participating school and community groups in a “coin dump” and share his story of living with Stargardt disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration. Mall of America will donate all coins tossed into the fountain in the month of August to the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ 5thAnnual Twin Cities VisionWalk, benefitting blindness research.

Foundation Partnership Encourages Medical Students to Move into Retinal Research

July 11, 2011 - As part of the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ effort to foster the next generation of cutting-edge retinal degenerative researchers, the organization is partnering with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for the second year in a row to fund fellowships for medical students to pursue related laboratory research. The medical education program is designed to encourage a greater number of medically-trained students to become physician-scientists.

Outstanding Volunteer Leaders Recognized with Awards at VISIONS 2011

June 29, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness proudly presented its inaugural Member Excellence Awards at the VISIONS 2011 Conference Saturday night Awards Dinner and Dance, recognizing outstanding volunteers, chapters and VisionWalks that have truly advanced the fight for sight by raising awareness and funding for vision-saving research. The enthusiastic crowd of more than 600 Foundation members, founders, board directors, trustees, researchers and staff watched seven deserving Volunteers of the Year from different regions, and three new national trustees, accept their awards onstage. Chapter and VisionWalk leaders were also recognized with eight group awards for their admirable accomplishments to forward the Foundation’s mission. A very special Founding Chapter Award was presented to Lulie Gund and the Princeton Chapter to acknowledge the group’s success in raising millions toward blindness research since this inaugural chapter was established back in 1972.

Foundation Bestows Highest Science Honor at VISIONS 2011

June 29, 2011 - With many of the greatest minds in retinal degenerative disease research gathered in one room, the Foundation recognized four dynamic, groundbreaking scientists at the VISIONS 2011 Friday Welcome Lunch. The Foundation’s pinnacle honor for lifetime research excellence—the Llura Liggett Gund Award—was presented for just the sixth time in 40 years to a very deserving Robert Eugene Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Leader Crowned Mrs. America - Tampa Bay Chapter President April Lufriu Wins National Pageant for Married Women

Columbia, MD - April 18, 2011 - Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) leader and Mrs. Florida, April Lufriu, beat out Mrs. Hawaii to win the 2011 Mrs. America crown Thursday night at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. In this unique pageant that celebrates the married woman, Lufriu rose above 50 other delegates to take home the national title. She will focus her year-long term on raising awareness about blinding diseases and the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ mission to drive research for treatments and cures. This platform is very personal to Lufriu, whose 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter are affected with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited retinal degenerative disease that progressively robs vision. Lufriu and her sister also demonstrate symptoms of vision impairment.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Receives $90,000 Grant for New York Area Retinal Degenerative Disease Research
Columbia, MD – March 14, 2011 – The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) announces it has received a $90,000 grant from the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust to fund retinal disease research in the greater New York area. The grant will help support five medical research projects at the Foundation’s Greater New York Regional Research Center for the Study of Retinal Degenerative Diseases, which links researchers at Columbia University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Orange County Vision Leaders: Guests Will Dine in the Dark to Heighten Awareness and Support Sight-Saving Research
Orange County, CA - March 3, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) is hosting its Orange County Dining in the Dark on March 17 at the Fairmont Newport Beach at 6 p.m.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Receives $400,000 Grant from the W.K Kellogg Foundation for Retinal Disease Awareness
Columbia, MD - February 1, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB, www.FightBlindness.org) announces it has received a $400,000 grant from the Battle Creek, Mi.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund public health education and outreach programs related to vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases. Funded over the next two years, the grant will focus on strengthening the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ nationwide network of chapters to better equip them for local outreach and awareness efforts.

Dallas Leaders to Fight Blindness at Ebby Halliday's 100th Birthday Roast & Toast Celebration
Dallas, TX - January 31, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) will honor  local business and community icon Ebby Halliday at a 100th Birthday Roast & Toast on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas at 5:30 p.m. Affected with a retinal disease, Halliday chose for this centennial celebration to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which  drives sight-saving research.

The Foundation Announces New National Trustees
Columbia, MD - February 1, 2011 - The Foundation has named four new national trustees in recognition of their commitment to driving retinal research and strong support of FFB. The national trustees are Donna Burke Tehaan, Jody Kelly, Dr. Kamal Majeed, and Michelle Veloce. For years, these dedicated individuals and their families have been active volunteers and inspiring advocates for FFB’s work.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor UBS Vice Chairman Aryeh Bourkoff and Dr. Stanley Chang with Visionary Awards
New York, NY - January 5, 2011 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) will honor Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Vice Chairman, Global Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Investment Banking, UBS Investment Bank; and Stanley Chang, M.D., Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center, with Visionary Awards at the Banking on a Cure Awards Dinner January 19 at The Plaza. The event will benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose urgent mission is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Relocates National Headquarters to Columbia, MD

Columbia, MD - December 6, 2010 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) announces it has relocated its headquarters to Columbia, Md. from Owings Mills, Md. As the world’s leading non-governmental source for retinal disease research funding, the Foundation has raised more than $400 million since being established in 1971. Employing 51 people locally, the nonprofit organization is now headquartered in a 20,400 square-foot commercial space on Columbia Gateway Drive.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Honors Northrop Grumman CEO

Washington, DC - November 2010 - Wes Bush to accept Visionary Award for support of FFB and outstanding corporate diversity programs benefiting employees with impaired vision

The Foundation Fighting Blindness  will honor Northrop Grumman Corporation  with the Visionary Award at its Northern Virginia Dining in the Dark event  at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner on Thursday, December 16, 2010. The award will recognize Northrop Grumman and CEO and President Wes Bush’s support for the Foundation’s work and for the corporation’s diversity policies, which include a commitment to providing employment and leadership opportunities to people with limited vision.   The Foundation presents this award as the world’s leading non-governmental source for funding research that provides preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Baltimore Leaders Gather to Fight Blindness at Visionary Awards Dinner

Baltimore, MD - November 17, 2010 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) announces it will recognize three prominent Baltimore community leaders with Visionary Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis and his mother, Sunseria “Buffy” Smith, as well as local businessman David S. Cordish, will be honored at the event, which will raise money to drive research for retinal degenerative diseases.

New Trustees Bolster Foundation’s National Leadership Team
The Foundation Fighting Blindness has appointed several new national trustees to its leadership team to further enhance its drive to eradicate the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans. Throughout the Foundation’s history, national trustees have played integral and invaluable roles in organizational leadership, revenue development, and raising public awareness. 

Stem Cell Researchers Recognized for Accelerating Advancements
Owings Mills, MD - March 24, 2010 - At the recent 2010 Day of Science conference in Los Angeles, four Foundation-funded investigators were honored with the Foundation’s Board of Directors Award for their outstanding success in the development of stem cell treatments. Honorees were: Dr. David Gamm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Ray Lund of Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Thomas Reh of the University of Washington, and Dr. Michael Young of Harvard Medical School.

Lenfests Provide Generous Grant to the Foundation

Owings Mills, MD - March 24, 2010 - H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest are providing a $5 million grant to support the Foundation’s Alan Laties Career Development Program and several translational research projects over the next five years. A media entrepreneur and philanthropist, Gerry formed Lenfest Communications in 1974 and sold the business to Comcast in 2000. We are deeply grateful to Gerry and Marguerite for their outstanding generosity.

Foundation Appoints Three New Trustees
Owings Mills, MD - January 30, 2010 - The Foundation is pleased to welcome three new national trustees to its leadership team: Sherri Kroonenberg of Littleton, Colorado, Pat Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Florida and Roger Horchow of Dallas, Texas.

Optelec/ShopLowVision Partnership Boosts Retinal Research, Low Vision Awareness
Owings Mills, MD - January 30, 2009 - The Foundation is pleased to announce a new corporate partnership with Optelec/ShopLowVision, a worldwide leader in low vision solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. The San Diego-based company has made a generous donation to the Foundation and will be providing information, resources, and low vision aids for use at chapter meetings and VisionWalk kick off luncheons in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Chicago.

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Dr. Dean Bok Receives Foundation Fighting Blindness Career Achievement Award
Owings Mills, MD - May 8, 2009 - Dr. Dean Bok of the Jules Stein Eye Institute of UCLA received the Llura Liggett Gund Award, the top honor presented by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, on May 7, 2009.  The highly coveted award honors researchers for extraordinary career achievements that have significantly advanced the research and development of preventions, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans. The award has previously been presented to only four researchers throughout the Foundation’s 38-year history.

National Neurovision Research Institute Heralds Collaboration for Gene Therapy Advancements
Owings Mills, MD - April 29, 2009 - The National Neurovision Research Institute (NNRI), the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ clinical trial support organization, announced today that one of its key partners, biopharmaceutical company Oxford BioMedica, has established a collaboration with sanofi-aventis, a major international pharmaceutical company, to develop and commercialize gene therapy treatments for vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases that affect tens of millions of people around the world.

World Experts Awarded for their Fight Against Blindness at "Day of Science"
Owings Mills, MD - March 1, 2009 – A group of the world’s leading scientific researchers converged on February 28 for the fight against blindness, participating in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ 2009 Day of Science conference held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Day of Science brought Foundation board members, trustees and supporters, many of whom suffer from eye diseases that lead to blindness, together with retinal researchers and clinicians who reported on the latest advancements being made in retinal disease research. The sessions focused on areas of research such as gene and stem cell therapies, and the advancement of these potential treatments to clinical trials.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Applauds President Obama's Lift of Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Research

Owings Mills, MD- March 9, 2009 -With President Obama’s lifting of the ban on federal funding for stem cell research, Foundation Fighting Blindness funded researchers and scientists have the opportunity to begin exploring new research that may lead to treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

Ten million Americans are affected by retinal degenerative diseases in the U.S. at an annual cost of nearly $70 billion and with an aging population, the number of Americans affected by retinal degenerative diseases is expected to increase 50% by 2020. Foundation Fighting Blindness funded researchers expect that with the lifting of the embryonic stem cell ban, treatments will be able to move into clinical trials at a faster and more cost-efficient pace, thus increasing the development of cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

Promising Women Scientists Receive the 2009 Marjorie Carr Adams Women’s Career Development Awards

Three outstanding women scientists, who are pursuing careers in retinal degenerative disease research, are the recipients of the 2009 Marjorie Carr Adams Women’s Career Development Awards funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Last year, FFB launched this career development program, made possible by a $1 million, six-year gift to FFB from the Marjorie C. Adams Charitable Trust, for which JPMorgan Chase Bank is trustee.

FFB Announces Partnership with Genable to Develop Gene Therapy for Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa

Owings Mills, MD - September 24, 2008 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has announced an agreement with Genable, an Irish biopharmaceutical company, to develop therapies to treat retinal degenerative diseases. The partnership is being formed through FFB’s clinical support organization, the National Neurovision Research Institute (NNRI). Fighting Blindness Ireland is also a partner in the agreement.

Nation's Experts Note Progress in Fight Against Blindness at "VISIONS 08"

Owings Mills, MD - August 13, 2008 - Some of the world’s leading scientific researchers along with celebrities and Congressional members will converge for the fight against blindness by participating in VISIONS 08, the National Conference of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Virginia on August 8-10, men, women and children who suffer from eye diseases that can lead to blindness, along with researchers and scientists, will attend VISIONS 08 to learn of the latest research, clinical trials and daily living skills.  In addition to lectures and question and answer sessions, VISIONS 08 will include an exhibit hall showcasing the great low vision products, aids and services available to those fighting blindness.

Hotel Staff Trains with Blindfolds to Prepare for VISIONS 2008

Owings Mills, MD - August 6, 2008 - In preparation for the Foundation Fighting Blindness National Conference, VISIONS 08, hotel staff at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency will take part in a special training session to learn best practices for accommodating visually impaired guests. From being blindfolded to learning how to appropriately serve a meal to making their presence known when entering and leaving a conversation – staff of the Hyatt Regency will receive a special briefing on Wednesday, August 6 on how to best cater to their visually impaired guests. The VISIONS 08 conference begins Friday, August 8 and concludes August 10.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Funds Foundation Fighting Blindness Campaign for Awareness of Retinal Diseasse Research

Owings Mills, MD - April 3, 2007 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) today announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support, through a $50,000 grant, a public awareness campaign that will provide information and resources to individuals with low vision, their families and caregivers, and the general public.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Receives $2.3 Million Grant From The George Gund Foundation To Fund Genetic Study Of Retinitis Pigmentosa

Owings Mills, MD - November 2007 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness today announced that it has received a grant of $2.3 million from the Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation to fund 29 research projects in 2008 that will focus primarily on the genetic link to retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

Foundation Fighting Blindness Establishes the Marjorie Carr Adams Women's Career Development Awards

Owings Mills, MD - October 2007 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness today announced the launch of a women's career development program to support women who are pursuing careers in clinical research to cure retinal degenerative diseases.

Neurotech Begins Phase II/III Human Studies of Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa

April 18, 2007 - Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has begun enrollment of participants in two multicenter Phase II/III human clinical trials for an innovative treatment to slow the progression of a group of blinding diseases known as retinitis pigmentosa. Both studies are partially funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

 
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