“The first time I examined a person’s retina as a junior resident, something clicked. All the things I found interesting came together — surgery, patient care, genetics, regenerative medicine, and cell biology,” says Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD, assistant professor in ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine. “I knew retina was what I wanted to focus on for my career.”
The Foundation Fighting Blindness has announced funding for seven new research projects to advance the development of treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Each project will receive a total of $300,000 over a three-year period.
Hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, the Innovation Summit for Retinal Cell and Gene Therapy has emerged as one of the most essential events for researchers and companies developing treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.
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.
Bill Introduced in U.S. House Would Speed Up Cures for Blindness
Four research and development leaders share the latest details of their groundbreaking work in therapies for retinal degenerative diseases
Dr. Kelley brings more than 25 years of experience in developing, identifying, and advancing life science technologies to this leadership role at FFB
COLUMBIA, MD – July 16, 2018 – The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has appointed Russell Kelley, PhD, MBA, as vice president, investments & alliances. Dr. Kelley will be responsible for identifying, coordinating, and managing all external investment opportunities that strategically align with FFB’s mission. He will also lead and manage FFB’s partnerships and collaborations.
For someone with a retinal disease such as retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration, their vision loss is caused by photoreceptor degeneration. Photoreceptors are the retinal cells that capture light and convert it into electrical signals, which are sent back to the brain where they are used to create the images we see.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness VISIONS 2018 conference, June 21 – 23, 2018 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, will bring together the world’s leading vision scientists, assistive technologies experts, and the visually impaired community.
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