The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada


Meet our Early Career Members!

Most Recent Blog

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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Past Blogs

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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Dr. Nicolas Chrestian’s’ Blog

June 26, 2020

I was born and raised in France. I finished my MD there and then I turned my eyes to Canada after meeting my lovely wife where I completed my training in neurology at Laval University. I did an elective in child neurology and decided to complete my training at McGill University. 3 mentors oriented my choices and career…

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PhD in Translational Mitochondrial/Stem-Cell Research

July 14, 2021

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, Department of BMI uOttawa Centre for Neuromuscular Disease   Please Contact: Dr. Mireille Khacho PhD () Dr. Jodi Warman-Chardon MD ()   We are looking for a talented PhD student who is interested in studying how impairments in mitochondrial dynamics and function alter the…

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Graduate student position | Burelle Lab

March 3, 2021

Location: Ottawa, ON Institution: University of Ottawa Contact: Dr Yan Burelle |   Position Description The Burelle lab is currently seeking to recruit motivated students at the MSc and/or Ph.D. level to pursue an exciting research program to elucidate the role of mitochondrial quality control, specifically mitophagy, in the…

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


Ontario Early Researcher Awards

April 14, 2021

The Early Researcher Awards program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team. Submission forms can be found here. Institutions must submit completed applications by 5pm (EST) on Friday, June 11, 2021. See full description here. You are eligible if you: are a full-time faculty member…

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CPD-Accredited Webinar | Neuromuscular Mystery Case Rounds

September 7 @ 17:00 - 18:00 EDT

Save the Date | CPD-Accredited Webinar | Neuromuscular Mystery Case Rounds

December 7 @ 17:00 - 18:00 EST

Are you early in your career in neuromuscular disease?