About Fighting Blindness Canada
Who We Are
Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is Canada’s leading private funder of vision research.
We offer hope to Canadians by identifying the best, most promising research that is driving treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases, and by raising and stewarding funds to support this essential, sight-saving research.
Over our 45-year history, we have invested over $40 million to support vision research and education across Canada: that’s over 200 research grants that have led to over 600 new discoveries in areas such as stem cell research, neuroprotective therapies, technological developments, pharmaceuticals, and gene therapies.
We are also committed to developing vision research funding partnerships in Canada and internationally. Through these partnerships, we have helped to unlock more than $10 million to drive research forward.
All of the research and educational initiatives we fund supports our goals of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored.
Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) has been leading the fight against blindness since 1974, when we first received charitable status as the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation of Canada. In 2000, we became the Foundation Fighting Blindness and expanded our mission beyond rare inherited retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, to include age-related macular degeneration.
Our long-term focus on funding vision research steadily demonstrated that a discovery about one disease often reveals important insights about another. Many of the most promising and exciting vision research projects are relevant to many different eye diseases. These meaningful interconnections inspired and informed the expansion of our mission to include all blinding eye diseases. To communicate this expansion, we became Fighting Blindness Canada on April 25, 2019—the country’s leading private funder of vision research.
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