The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada


Meet our Early Career Members!

Most Recent Blog

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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Past Blogs

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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Dr. Martine Tetreault’s Blog

October 2, 2020

As I write this blog, I remember starting my Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Bernard Brais and telling him I would never do a PhD. After two years as a research assistant, I decided to pursue a PhD and here I am today…

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Dr. Natasha Chang’s Blog

August 26, 2020

August 1, 2020 marked my lab’s first birthday. The last 366 days have been quite a roller coaster ride (it was even a leap year!). Having to build a lab from scratch is no easy task. I was literally given a room with…

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Dr. Kristina Joyal’s Blog

July 24, 2020

What motivates us to do what we do? As I reflect on these last few weeks, walking alongside a young family whose long-awaited firstborn was diagnosed with SMA by newborn screening as they struggle with the diagnosis and stress of lumbar punctures every 2 weeks in addition to the challenges of being new parents…

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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


NMD4C, MDC, CSCN – Clinical Fellowship Funding Competition

October 8, 2021

The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada (NMD4C) together with Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) and the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) are excited to announce the launch of a funding competition to award three new national clinical fellowship awards in neuromuscular medicine and electromyography! The awards provide salary support for…

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The Neuro – Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes

September 16, 2021

The Neuro-Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes, sponsored by the Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation, is an initiative in its third year from The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute. The Prizes recognize projects, services, tools, and platforms that unlock the power of Open Science in neuroscience to advance research, innovation, and collaboration for the benefit of health and society. The Neuro-Irving…

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Jesse’s Journey 2021/22 Research Grant Cycle

September 15, 2021

Since 1995, Jesse’s Journey has built a foundation of strong partnerships with scientists and families dedicated to discovering treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We believe in funding projects with the greatest chance of translating to clinical practice in a timely, and affordable manner. This effort has brought us…

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