The Neuromuscular Disease Network for Canada


Expert Patient Capacity Building Update

Canadians with NMD, their families, and advocates are increasingly asked to take an active role in research initiatives. Research and advocacy training empowers patients and ensures they have the confidence and knowledge needed to share their expertise to guide discussions and inform decisions regarding health care, research, and therapy development for policy makers, industry, and scientists.


The NMD4C is involved in several activities under the provision of our Training and Education initiatives, including the establishment of expert patient capacity building (EPCB) resources for Canadian NMD patients. The EPCB team’s work involves the promotion of patient engagement in all aspects of NMD, and the development of easy-to-use and accessible Canadian NMD training modules and resources for both patients and researchers to support patient-oriented neuromuscular research in Canada.


To facilitate the network’s EPCB activities, the NMD4C is excited to announce the hiring of Patricia Mortenson, who has joined this team as project coordinator.

Read Patricia’s full bio here!


To assist in the development of modules to train patients and researchers to partner effectively, the EPCB team is reviewing the Canadian research landscape to find current resources and programs. Throughout all EPCB work, the team will utilize the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Patient Engagement Framework developed by CIHR. This framework allows patients to provide knowledge and input drawn from their unique experience gained through living with a condition or illness, and their first-hand experience in navigating treatments and the Canadian health care system.

The NMD4C encourages you to share any relevant expert patient capacity building resources that you know of with our team!

If you are a researcher who has experience in working with expert patients, we would also love to hear from you!


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