Our Commitment to Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

A range of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are core targets for us as we strive to turn genes into medicines for patients with inherited genetic diseases. We are proud members of the global IRD community, dedicated to developing patient-focused initiatives, from clinical research and educational programs, to programs designed to increase access to genetic screening for people with IRDs.

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What are inherited retinal diseases?

Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are a group of rare blinding conditions caused by one of more than 220 different genes. Some people living with IRDs experience a gradual loss of vision, eventually leading to complete blindness. Others may be born with or experience vision loss in infancy or early childhood. Obtaining a confirmed genetic diagnosis through genetic testing is the only way to verify the exact gene mutation that is the underlying cause of an IRD.

Gene therapy research

Gene therapy research is an investigational approach to treat or prevent genetic disease. This research is showing exciting potential for patients with inherited retinal diseases.

Monroe’s family and school have found that a few small adjustments can make all the difference.
Monroe, living with an inherited retinal disease due to an RPE65 genetic mutation.

Your inherited retinal disease patient advocacy team

Amy Fisher

Contact us at patients@sparktx.com

Resources for inherited retinal diseases

Eye Want 2 Know

Spark’s newest resource Eye Want 2 Know aims to equip those living with an IRD with the knowledge and resources they need to get started with gentic testing. Learn more about the benefits of genetic testing, locate a provider and connect with others in the community.

A Shared Vision

Spark Therapeutics sponsors aSharedVision, where the IRD community can stay informed about retinal gene therapy research, read stories from community members, access advocacy resources and learn about the importance of genetic testing.

Additionally, we work with advocacy groups from around the world to help connect patients and families to education, research, support services and each other. Below, please find a partial listing of several groups from the IRD advocacy community.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
http://acb.org
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
http://afb.org
Choroideremia Research Foundation
Choroideremia Research Foundation
http://curechm.org
Curing Retinal Blindness
Curing Retinal Blindness
http://crb1.org
Fighting Blindness
Fighting Blindness
http://fightingblindness.ie
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Foundation Fighting Blindness
http://blindness.org
Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada
Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada
http://ffb.ca
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind
http://guidedogs.com
RDH12 Fund for Sight
RDH12 Fund for Sight
http://rdh12.org
Sofia Sees Hope
Sofia Sees Hope
http://sofiasees.org
Usher Syndrome Coalition
Usher Syndrome Coalition
http://usher-syndrome.org
VisionServe Alliance
VisionServe Alliance
http://visionservealliance.org