Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Training Program and Networking Activities

The MS Society of Canada (MSSC) provides a variety of education, training and networking activities to enhance knowledge and skill in MS research, foster knowledge exchange, and establish valuable connections and collaborations amongst peers in the field. These programs include endMS Summer School, endMS Scholar Program for Researchers IN Training (SPRINT), and endMS Conference.

endMS National Training Program

endMS National Training Program Objectives

The endMS National Training Program (NTP) is an initiative of the endMS Research and Training Network aimed to enhance knowledge and skills relevant to MS research, foster opportunities to conduct MS research in Canada and increase the intent amongst trainees to pursue MS research for the long term. The program has two components: endMS Summer School and an endMS Scholar Program for Researchers IN Training (endMS SPRINT).

The Training Program was launched in September 2010 and in 2011 the program introduced endMS SPRINT, a year long program for graduate students and post-doctoral/clinical fellows who are keen to enhance their knowledge and skills in MS research. SPRINT is pursued as a supplement to the research conducted by the trainees at their institutions. Through innovative initiatives offering networking, career development, mentorship and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, SPRINT has already fostered collaboration among emerging and experienced researchers and strengthened the research community nationwide. To learn more about SPRINT click here

In 2011 the Training Program also began overseeing the administration and coordination of the annual week long endMS Summer School which brings together as many as 40 trainees from a variety of disciplines to learn about one central MS-related research theme which changes from year to year. To learn more about Summer School click here

The governance of the Training Program includes an Education and Training Committee which oversees the program’s governance structure, monitors, sets policies and provides advice on strategies to sustain the program. The NTP also includes review committees for the yearly SPRINT and Summer School competitions as well as a SPRINT Committee to provide guidance and support to the SPRINT mentors and trainees. An Education and Training Office is in place at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre to provide the necessary support and resources for the NTP. Please click here to read a message from Dr. Christina Wolfson, the Director of the National Training Program and Ms. Anik Schoenfeldt, the Program Manager.

endMS Summer School

endMS Summer School is an annual one-week interactive education program that aims to enhance knowledge and skills in MS research among trainees. Each year, Summer School brings together close to 40 trainees from a variety of disciplines to learn about one central MS-related research theme and the focus alternates between basic one year and clinical and population health research the next. The program features lecture-based plenary sessions, facilitated workshops, and opportunities to interact with people affected by MS. Summer School involves an interdisciplinary agenda that strives to offer participants a more comprehensive understanding of MS.

Click here for more information about the endMS Summer School program and how to apply.

endMS SPRINT (Scholar Program for Researchers IN Training)

endMS SPRINT (Scholar Program for Researchers IN Training) is a national training program designed for trainees at the Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral/Clinical Fellowship levels who are keen on enhancing knowledge and skill in MS research, taking part in interdisciplinary, collaborative research and establishing valuable connections amongst peers in the field. endMS SPRINT is pursued as a supplement to the research conducted by the trainees at their institutions. Trainees accepted in the program participate in two consecutive annual endMS Summer Schools including career development sessions as well as in active learning components that are pursued throughout the academic year (such as an interdisciplinary learning projects, mentorship, and inter-institution research transfer opportunities). The goal of the interdisciplinary learning projects is to provide trainees with the unique opportunity to expand their areas of research interest in a structured program under the supervision of a SPRINT mentor and in collaboration with one or more co-trainees from different disciplines.

Click here for more information about SPRINT and how to apply.

Conferences and Events

endMS Conference **Registration now OPEN**

The endMS Conference is a Canada’s largest scientific meeting focused on MS. The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Foster knowledge exchange on topics ranging from immunology, progressive MS, neuroprotection and repair, and cognition
  • Provide opportunities for networking and collaboration among researchers, trainees, and health professionals
  • Build enthusiasm and awareness around progress in MS research and treatment development, and strengthen the network of MS researchers and trainees in Canada

Hosted by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation and endMS Network, the four-day event features scientific presentations, trainee workshops, poster sessions, networking events, and a persons living with MS day wherein people affected by MS will interact with researchers and discuss the impact research has on their daily lives. The endMS Conference provides attendees a platform to learn about advancements in MS research around the world, reunite with and meet new peers in the field, and present and receive feedback on their work.

Registration for the 2016 endMS Conference is now OPEN. Please visit the endMS Conference website to register and to access for more information about the conference.

Info-at-a-glance

Dates: December 6 – 9, 2016

Location: Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract Submission: August 26, 2016
  • Registration: October 15, 2016

Global Conferences

ECTRIMS 2016

The 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) will take place September 14-17 in London, England. This is the largest MS-focused scientific conference in the world, offering a comprehensive program filled with lectures, workshops, networking events, poster sessions, and hot topic debates. The MS Society’s research team will be in London, reporting on the latest data presented throughout the week. Follow along at:

ACTRIMS 2017

ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis) Forum 2017 is taking place on February 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The theme of this year's ACTRIMS meeting will be “Environmental Factors, Genetics, and Epigenetics in MS Susceptibility and Clinical Course”

The MSSC will be offering an endMS Research and Training Travel Award to four (4) currently funded MSSC Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows who have submitted a successful abstract to ACTRIMS Forum 2017. In order to be considered for this award, you must first submit an abstract to ACTRIMS by the submission deadline.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday September 30, 2016.

In order to be eligible for the endMS Research and Training Travel Award, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an active endMS Postdoctoral Fellowship or Doctoral Studentship Award with the MSSC.
  • Submit an abstract that is accepted for presentation at ACTRIMS Forum 2017.

The $1,000 Award will partially cover travel and accommodations, and ACTRIMS will provide free registration for Travel Award winners.

Further details about the application process for the Travel Award will be available in November once ACTRIMS releases notification of abstract results.

Click here to read abstract submission guidelines and to submit an abstract.

Regional Conferences/Events

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