FFB Featured Video Wins Top
The Foundation recently
worked with the Biotechnology Industry Organization to develop a video
highlighting the continued advancements in gene therapy clinical trials. The
video, “New Hope for Gene Therapy… A Young Boy’s Fight Against Blindness,”
produced by WHITECOAT Strategies, was awarded the gold medal for best public
relations video from the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC Peer
VisionNation: An Easy &
Effective Way to Raise Funds for Blindness Research
VisionNation brings friends and family together to
help end blindness and restore sight. This exciting new program lets
supporters use the power of the Internet to reach out to their community to
raise funds to find treatments and cures for retinal diseases.
Obama Nominates FFB
National Trustee Janice Lehrer-Stein for National Council on Disability
National Trustee Janni Lehrer-Stein of San Francisco has
been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the National
Council on Disability.
Stem Cell Clinical Trial for Stargardt Disease Set to Begin
Advanced Cell Technology
has received authorization from the FDA to begin the first-ever human study of
a retinal degenerative disease treatment derived from human embryonic stem
cells. The Phase I/II clinical trial will evaluate the treatment in people with
Clinical Trial for Wet AMD Gene Therapy to Begin in December 2010
Oxford BioMedica has
received FDA authorization to launch a clinical trial of its RetinoStat® gene
therapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. Eighteen
people will be enrolled in the Phase I/II trial to be conducted at The Wilmer Eye
Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Emerging Wet AMD Treatment May Require Fewer Injections
Two Phase III clinical studies have shown that injections of VEGF Trap every eight weeks were as effective as injections of Lucentis® every four weeks in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration.
Nowhere on the planet will you
find a kid with more artistic passion, talent, and energy than Chloe
Lanteigne-Morrow. Despite significant vision loss from retinitis pigmentosa,
Chloe is active in her local community theater, plays the violin, sings in an
honors choir, and writes full-length books.
Meet our Newest VisionNation Leaders: Angie and
Angie and Jeremiah Johnson are pioneers in our new VisionNation program. This holiday season they are reaching out to family and friends to raise
funds in honor of their two delightful daughters, Emma and Haley, who have Leber congenital amaurosis. See their VisionNation Campaign.
Baltimore Visionary Awards
With three well-known honorees including Ravens
Linebacker Ray Lewis, his mother, Sunseria Smith, and developer David
Cordish, the Baltimore Visionary Awards Dinner garnered terrific media
Check out the latest media coverage of the Foundation.
Off-Roading Community Joins
the Fight Against Blindness
Frank Keane and the
members of a RZR Off-Roading Forum rallied together to generously support one
of their fellow members, Chad Johnson, whose son, Cody, suffers from Usher
syndrome. They raised almost $20,000 for critical research through the
Foundation’s Race to Cure Blindness program.
Baltimore Leaders Honored with Visionary Award
At the Baltimore Visionary
Awards Dinner, three prominent members of the community were honored in
recognition of their outstanding contributions and commitments to the city of
Baltimore and the Foundation’s mission.
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