The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada


Meet our Early Career Members!

Most Recent Blog

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…

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Past Blogs

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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Dr. Mo Zhao’s Blog

January 6, 2021

I became interested in muscle biology during undergrad, and I am still amazed and excited by how one simple function like muscle contraction can involve such genetic and cellular complexity. After graduation, I knew I wanted to work in research, but wasn’t ready to go as far as doing a PhD…

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Dr. Nicolas Dumont’s Blog

December 9, 2020

I started my lab in April 2016, even though it feels like yesterday. When I look back at these last four years, I realize the tremendous amount of work that needs to be done to set up a lab…

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Dr. Melissa Bowerman’s Blog

November 12, 2020

When the first COVID-19  lockdown happened (March 17th for us in the UK), it was so sudden and drastic that the next few months were simply a whirlwind…

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The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Neuromuscular Diseases (GRIMN) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow | Le Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les maladies neuromusculaires (GRIMN) recherche un ou une stagiaire postdoctoral(e)

December 2, 2021

Under the guidance of the supervisors, the intern will be called upon to work on a research project to document the explanatory and predictive factors of mobility in ARSACS. This Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded project will complete its data collection in April 2022. | Sous la responsabilité des superviseures, le (la) stagiaire sera appelé(e) à travailler sur un projet de recherche visant à documenter les facteurs explicatifs et prédictifs de la mobilité en ARSCS.

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PhD in Translational Mitochondrial/Stem-Cell Research

July 14, 2021

We are looking for a talented PhD student who is interested in studying how impairments in mitochondrial dynamics and function alter the metabolic profile and maintenance of muscle stem cells in patients with rare mitochondrial and neuromuscular diseases. Using metabolomic and transcriptomic approaches in patient muscle biopsies and blood samples,…

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See more Opportunities on the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF) Neuro Careers webpage


European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) Call for Proposals 2022

December 13, 2021

Preliminary announcement The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) has successfully implemented three Joint Transnational Calls since 2019 to further help in coordinating the research efforts of European, Associated and non-European countries in the field of rare diseases and implement the objectives of the International Rare Disease Research Consortium…

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CPD-Accredited Webinar | Neuromuscular Mystery Case Rounds

March 1 @ 17:00 - 18:00 EST

Are you early in your career in neuromuscular disease?