Early Career Members

Empowering early career members to pursue a career in neuromuscular care and research is vital for raising the future standards of research and care for Canadians affected by neuromuscular diseases. The NMD4C provides resources and opportunities to engage with the network for early career neuromuscular clinicians and researchers.

Blogs from early career members

Most Recent Blog

Dr. Neena Lala-Tabbert Early Career Blog

December 5, 2023

Dr. Neena Lala-Tabbert is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Robert Korneluk at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa. She is investigating the utility of Smac Mimetic Compounds and TWEAK in reducing muscle pathology in mdx mice, the mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Past Blogs

Dr. Léa Lescouzère’s Early Career Blog

June 5, 2023

Dr. Lescouzères is a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Kessen Patten’s lab at the INRS-Institut Armand Frappier in Canada. She is currently working on zebrafish models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with the aim of identifying new physiopathological mechanisms induced by mutations in the C9ORF72 gene, and new therapeutic targets.

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Dr. Marianne Nury’s Early Career Blog

May 1, 2023

Dr. Marianne Nury is a 2022 NMD4C and MDC clinical fellowship recipient and is currently completing a neuromuscular fellowship at University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.

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Dr. Geoff Frost’s Early Career Blog

April 13, 2023

Human bodies are complex, difficult to understand biological machines. I have been forever fascinated by the mechanics and processes that make us tick. In my previous career as a biomedical engineer, I sought to study and then design processes that could help make machines work. I was always overjoyed when an engineering team could bring together multiple different and seemingly unrelated parts to create a machine that accomplished something wonderous. And there is no greater machine, in my eyes, than the human body.

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Dr. Rebecca Robertson’s Early Career Blog

February 17, 2023

Dr. Rebecca Robertson is one of the recipients of the NMD4C and MDC postdoctoral research fellowships for 2022. Read her early-career neuromuscular blog!

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Dr. Emanuela Pannia’s Early Career Blog

April 25, 2022

Dr. Pannia is a recipient of the NMD4C and MDC postdoctoral research fellowship for 2022, where her research will involve determining the molecular mechanisms and environmental modifiers of progressive liver disease in X-linked myotubular myopathy.

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Dr. Matthew Triolo’s Early Career Blog

March 3, 2022

Dr. Matthew Triolo is a Postdoctoral Fellow working within Dr. Mireille Khacho’s lab in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Matthew first completed his BSc in Kinesiology and Health Science with a Minor in Biology at York University.

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Dr. Ian Smith’s Early Career Blog

February 7, 2022

Dr. Smith is currently leading multiple translational research projects in a wide variety of neuromuscular conditions at The Ottawa Hospital’s NeuroMuscular Centre to facilitate rare disease diagnosis, develop more effective monitoring of neuromuscular disease progression and treatment response.

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Dr. Gordon Jewett’s Early Career Blog

January 12, 2022

Dr. Gordon Jewett is a clinician and researcher focused on development of novel disease biomarkers in ALS, based on wearable sensors and machine learning.

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Samar Muslemani’s Blog

December 21, 2021

“Occupational therapy is where science, creativity, and compassion collide”. This is a quote from Jessica Kensky, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and keynote speaker at the 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association welcome ceremony. To me, this quote represents exactly what I love about my profession. Pursuing a PhD allows me to develop these three elements even further…

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Dr. Hebah Qashqari’s Blog

November 30, 2021

During my pediatric neurology residency training, I was able to dive into different subspecialties of neurology in great detail. I was drawn to the neuromuscular specialty by the significant ongoing advances in understanding the genetics of the neuromuscular disorders and the growing number of novel therapeutic options in the field…

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Are you early in your career in neuromuscular disease?