Researchers Find Mutation as Frequent Cause of RP in American Hispanics

A Foundation-funded research collaboration identified a mutation in the gene SAG as a frequent cause of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) in the American Hispanic population. Eight of the 22 Hispanic families with adRP in their whole-exome-sequencing study had the mutation.

Dinner Raises $425,000 to Support Blindness Research

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), the world’s leading private funder of research aimed at preventing, treating and curing blindness caused by inherited retinal diseases hosted its annual Fashion and Finance Ball on Tuesday, May 16 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. To date, the dinner has raised $425,000 for inherited retinal disease research and donations are continuing to be made.

Clinical Trial Authorized in the U.S. for Emerging LCA 10 Therapy

ProQR, a biotechnology company in the Netherlands, has received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start a Phase I/II clinical trial for its therapy known as QR-110, which is being developed for Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA 10). The genetic retinal condition causes severe vision loss in children.

Business Leaders in Fashion and Finance to Help Raise Funds for Blindness Research

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), the world’s leading private funder of research aimed at preventing, treating and curing blindness caused by inherited retinal diseases will hold its Fashion and Finance Ball on Tuesday, May 16 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. A cocktail reception and silent auction will open the evening at 6:00 p.m.; the dinner and awards program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

FFB Funding Helps Retinal Genetics Lab Secure $2 Million Investment

This is a great story of how the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) provided timely funding of $155,000 to help my lab at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), leverage a $2 million retinal-gene discovery project.
What is very rewarding for me is that FFB’s support helped us find the retinal-disease gene mutation in 33 families, who were otherwise left without a clear diagnosis. Now these families are better able to understand their prognosis and which clinical trials and future therapies may be most relevant to them.

ID Your IRD: A Free Genetic Testing Program for Eligible People with Inherited Retinal Diseases

Genes are like the blueprint or code for determining who we are. We all have about 23,000 pairs of genes in most cells in our bodies. Many of our physical attributes — such as height, eye and hair color, and complexion — are determined by our genes.
However, certain misspellings, also known as mutations, in our genetic code can cause diseases or increase our risk for them. In fact, each inherited retinal disease (IRD) is caused by a mutation in a single gene.

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