The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada


Network development

Bringing people together to achieve joint goals and share expertise is a crucial foundation for better research and care across Canada. NMD4C is a sustainable network of NMD stakeholders: clinicians and other healthcare professionals, researchers, and patient organizations. Participants share expertise and collaborate through joint research and knowledge translation opportunities.  The network’s membership base is inclusive and new members are invited to participate in all aspects of the work program.

Networks provide opportunities to share not only expertise but also the infrastructural resources that underpin much research work. Much clinical and basic science research in NMDs depends heavily on access to resources such as patient registries, biobanks and clinical trial coordination. Developing the resources requires significant investment of time and resources, and duplication of effort should be avoided. Further, they must be readily known and available to researchers across Canada. Thus, such resources are best embedded in a national networking and infrastructural effort where they can seek sustainability and are available for future research projects.


  • Memorandum of Understanding with MDC
  • External progress report for MDC and IMHA
  • Network Charter
  • Network Sustainability Plan

Relevant publications

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Clinical guidelines

Development, dissemination, and implementation of clinical guidelines (Leads: Cynthia Gagnon, Kathryn Selby, Maryam Oskoui, Reshma Amin, Homira Osman) Canadian neuromuscular clinicians and scientists have contributed...

Training and education

A key goal of NMD4C is to train and educate the next generation of NMD stakeholders. Genomics training (Leads: James Dowling, Jodi Warman Chardon) Canadian...
Researcher wearing gloves arranging blood sample tubes in a rack


Working Group Members: Jason Karamchandani, Bernard Brais, Rashmi Kothary, Jodi Warman Chardon, Hanns Lochmüller, Homira Osman, Gerald Pfeffer, Élise Duchesne   Biobanks are organized collections...

Our work plan

Thanks to funding from CIHR and MDC, NMD4C has launched a three-year work plan to achieve its mission of improving care and treatment of NMDs...
Clinical trial

Clinical trial coordination resources

Leads: Craig Campbell, Jim Dowling Currently, NMD trial sites are approached by sponsors (pharmaceutical companies and their contract research organizations) individually, in an uncoordinated fashion....