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Most Recent Blog

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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Past Blogs

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’s Blog Athletes learn early in their sporting career that performance is impacted by countless factors; a restless night’s sleep, a meal at the wrong time, a hard workout too many, equipment poorly prepared. Because of these variables of life, athletes must judge their success by the average of their season, rather than…

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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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Dr. Rachel Thompson’s Blog

September 22, 2021

I came to the neuromuscular disease field completely by chance in 2007 after seeing an advertisement for a research support job in the TREAT-NMD network coordination centre in Newcastle…

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Dr. Louise Moyle’s Blog

May 14, 2021

I was amazed by the idea that populations of tissue-resident cells maintain and repair the body throughout life, and how drastic the consequences of impaired stem cell-mediated regeneration can be to an individual. It made me consider that understanding stem cell biology could help towards the development of new therapies for incurable conditions, such as many neuromuscular disorders…

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Dr. Amanda Yaworski’s Blog

April 19, 2021

Growing up, I was not sure what career I wanted to pursue. As such, I chose a general psychology degree to focus on, and part way through discovered my passion for neurosciences…

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Dr. Mona Hnaini’s Blog

February 22, 2021

I was born and raised in Lebanon. From a young age, I knew medicine was my dream career. Thankfully I reached this goal by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Beirut Arab University in 2011…

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Dr. Kiran Polavarapu’s Blog

February 3, 2021

Back in 2011, my introduction to Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD) research happened by chance when I joined as a temporary research associate in a Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) project under the supervision of Prof. Atchayaram Nalini, an accomplished neurologist and NMD specialist in South India..

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