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NMD4C investigator Bernard Brais to be awarded The Norman Saunders Jacob’s Ladder International Research Prize

We are very proud of our investigator Dr. Bernard Brais for receiving the 2020 Norman Saunders Jacob’s Ladder International Research Prize!

Dr. Brais will be giving a talk at his award presentation on October 7 at 9am ET entitled “Ataxias with regional founder effects in Québec: Lessons on diversity.”

Register for the talk HERE.

Bernard Brais, MDCM, MPhil, PhD, FRCP(C) is Full Professor of Neurology and Human Genetics at McGill University in Montreal. He is a trained neuromuscular neurologist, PhD in laboratory human genetics and historian of medicine. He is co-director of the Montreal Neurological Institute’s Rare Neurological Diseases Group since 2011. He is co-director of McGill’s Neuromuscular and Neurogenetics Fellowships. His specialized practice is centered on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of rare often undiagnosed neurogenetic diseases, in particular: myopathies, ataxias, sensory neuropathies and leukoencephalopathies. Dr. Brais’ laboratory for the past 20 years has largely focussed on identifying new genes and mutations that cause hereditary diseases that are more prevalent in the French Canadian population of Quebec due to founder effects. He played a key role in the first identification of the genes responsible for: Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (PABPN1, 1998), Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type II (HSN2/WINK1, 2004), Limb Girdle Muscular dystrophy LGMD2L-anoctamin 5 (ANO5, 2010), Posterior column ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa (FLVCR1, 2010), 0PolR3-related leukodystrophy (POLR3A and POLR3B, 2011), and congenital myopathy with fibre type disproportion (ZAK, 2017).  Since 2007, he has been an international leader on collaborative research on Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS).

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October 2020 newsletter

The October 2020 issue of the NMD4C newsletter is now available!

Topics include a 10-year reflection of the Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry, our process for selecting clinical guidelines to adapt, our booth at the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation virtual conference, recent and upcoming webinars, new research from NMD4C participants, and a member spotlight on steering committee member Stacey Lintern.

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We’re hiring a communications coordinator!

We are looking for a full-time communications coordinator for a term position ending March 2022. This position is located at the NMD4C coordination office at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, but will be working from home until at least June 2021.

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Latest edition of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases now online – Sep 2020

A new issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases has recently been released: Volume 7, Issue 4 (Sep 2020)

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CME-accredited webinar | Interdisciplinary guidelines for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) management across the spectrum

NMD4C and MDC are pleased to invite you to a CME-accredited webinar on interdisciplinary guidelines for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1).

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NMD4C steering committee member Stacey Lintern appointed CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Canada

We are happy to congratulate our steering committee member Stacey Lintern for her recent appointment as CEO of our partner organization Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC)!

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World Muscle Society “25 Challenge” to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Many neuromuscular specialists and members of multidisciplinary neuromuscular teams in Canada are part of the World Muscle Society (WMS). Because people living with neuromuscular conditions have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, WMS has asked all WMS2020 Congress attendees to get involved by taking on their very own WMS25 Challenge to raise money and awareness for relevant charities across the world. Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC), a funder and partner of NMD4C, has been selected as the neuromuscular organization of choice for Canada.