Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

endMS Summer School


SAVE THE DATE! The 2023 endMS Summer School will be held June 19-22, 2023 at Laval University in Québec City!
Stay tuned: The call for applications will be in December 2022



When: June 13-16, 2022
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Title: The Therapeutics of MS

CONGRATULATIONS to the successful applicants! 

Message from the 2022 endMS Summer School Hosts

The MS Research Group of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) is excited to host the 2022 endMS Summer School in Ottawa, from June 13 to 16, 2022. Our theme will be The Therapeutics of MS.

The membership of the uOBMRI MS Research Group, with its close ties to the Ottawa Hospital MS Clinic, includes basic science researchers working on new therapeutic targets and clinician investigators conducting research designed to better the lives of those living with MS.

Recognized internationally for our work on stem cell therapies and the success we’ve achieved through a ground-breaking clinical trial using hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to treat aggressive MS, the uOBMRI is also a center for pioneering research into mesenchymal stem cells — to repair or treat a number of conditions, including MS.

To better optimize treatment for people with MS, we have pursued several potential biomarkers, most notably, that of neurofilament light chain. As Canada’s leader in the routine use of this blood test to inform on treatment response, we continue to be involved in world-wide clinical trial collaborations designed to find new and innovative pharmacological treatments.

We are leaders in the field of exercise interventions for non-ambulatory people with MS. Our researchers have also performed clinically relevant studies on cognitive fatigability, and on the inclusion of care partners in rehabilitative efforts.

Given our location in Canada’s capital, we are fortunate to have a number of federal granting and regulatory agencies as neighbors. Ottawa is also home to the Ottawa Methods Centre, with internationally recognized members known for their expertise in clinical trial design, as well as systematic review and meta-analyses guidelines.

When in Ottawa, trainees will benefit from seminars and workshops designed to enhance their knowledge of the research funding process. With access to career opportunities for researchers outside of traditional academic appointments, there will also be many opportunities for networking with fellow trainees, faculty, and with people living with MS.

endMS Summer School Teaser and SPRINT Info Session

The MS Research Group of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute presented a teaser of what we can expect from the 2022 Summer School! In addition the National Training Program provided an overview of SPRINT as well as guidance on the application process for Summer School and for SPRINT and was available to answer any questions. 

Here is the link to the recorded session from January 13, 2022


Here is a link to the endMS Summer School video from the 2018 endMS Summer School

For information on former endMS Summer Schools go to the "Summer School Highlights" section below.


The endMS Summer School is open to applicants generally studying at Canadian universities who are enrolled in a graduate program or are postdoctoral/clinical fellows. This includes international students and international postdoctoral fellows studying at Canadian universities.

The endMS Summer School has accepted trainees who are studying outside of Canada, but who are also recipients of MS Society of Canada Studentships or Fellowships. Students currently registered in an undergraduate program (e.g. MD) who have already completed graduate training are also eligible.

Please refer to the program guidelines for complete eligibility criteria.

Application and Program Guidelines ***Competition is now CLOSED***

Application and Program Guidelines 

endMS Summer School Teaser and SPRINT Info Session

The MS Research Group of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute presented a teaser of what we can expect from the 2022 Summer School! In addition the National Training Program provided an overview of SPRINT as well as guidance on the application process for Summer School and for SPRINT and was available to answer any questions.

Here is the link to the recorded session from January 13, 2022

The endMS National Training Program hosted an endMS SPRINT and Summer School information webinar in 2021 to provide an overview of the program and the application process. Click here to view a copy of the presentation slides.

Important Dates

  • Competition Opens: Mid December, 2021 
  • Application Deadline: February 17, 2022 by 4:00 pm ET
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: Mid April, 2022

Summer School Highlights

For more information on each Summer School, click on the corresponding year below:

Year Location Theme Involvement
2009 Université de Montréal Neuroimmunology and Neuropathology of MS 32 participants
2010 Dalhousie University Clinical and Behavioural Aspects of MS 40 participants
2011 University of Calgary Neuroprotection and Repair 44 participants
2012 University of Manitoba Gaining Insights from Special Populations and Other Complex Diseases 43 participants
2013 University of British Columbia Multiple Sclerosis Continuum: Imaging and Pathogenesis of MS 46 participants
2014 Dalhousie University Translational MS Research: From Ideas to Innovation to Implementation 45 participants
2015 Université de Montréal and
McGill University
The Biology of Attack and Repair in MS 43 participants
2016 University of British Columbia Dates: June 13-16, 2016
The Evolving Art and Science of MS Care
40 participants
2017 Memorial University Dates: June 12-17, 2017
Moving MS Research Forward through Clinical and Biomedical Partnerships

40 participants
2018 Hospital for Sick Children's
Peter Gilgan Centre for
Research and Learning
Dates: June 11-14, 2018
Environmental and Lifestyle Factors Associated with MS: Bench to Bedside

40 participants
2019 University of Calgary
Dates: May 25-29, 2019
3 Ps of MS: Pain, Protection, and rePair 
40 participants
2020University of British ColumbiaDates: May 19-22, 2020 -  In person cancelled - replaced with Bits & Bytes Sessions
MS Bedside to Bench: A Primer in both MS Clinical Care & Roadmap for MS Research
40 participants
2021University of SaskatchewanDates: June 7-9, 2021 - Virtual
Taking MS Research Off the Grid
45 participants
2022University of OttawaDates: June 13-16, 2022
The Therapeutics of MS
40 participants

What participants have said about their experience

When asked what they liked about Summer School, some participants said:

"I was able to meet other MS trainees from across Canada and gain exposure to aspects of MS research and treatment that I normally do not encounter (MRI, clinical neurology). It was also a very well-organized program that utilized our limited time very effectively." (2019 participant)

"I like the environment that allowed networking and to meet with MS patients. Being a student in fundamental research, it is sometimes hard to relate back to MS patients, but after this week I have even more energy to pursue my research to help patients." (2018 participant)

"The variety of topics presented was amazing. There was a nice blend from basic science to clinical research and then to rehabilitation. Being exposed to these different areas opened my eyes up to how little I knew about other aspects of MS (other than my own research)." (2018 participant)

"I liked that it was not focused on one specific aspect of MS research. The sessions were applicable to all fields." (2017 participant)

"This was a great Summer School. I liked the focus on presentation skills, collaboration, patient involvement, and career development." (2017 participant)

"I loved that it was focused on providing us skills and perspectives that would not get in our regular academia setting." (2017 participant)

" I feel inspired to go back to my institution and think about things in a different way. Thank you so much for the opportunity." (2016 participant)

"As a grad student, my work is so "zoomed-in" that it's nice to sit back and take in the larger picture of MS and MS research." (2016 participant)

"I appreciated the opportunity to gain exposure to a broad array of MS research in a way that built from the bottom up and touched on the most current findings." (2016 participant)

"EVERYTHING! Specifically, the workshops were amazing! The researchers that took their time to organize the hands-on workshops were fantastic. I learned so much about the ways other labs do procedures that I do in my lab differently (and as I learned, less efficiently!) They were so helpful!" (2015 participant)

"I LOVED interacting with MS patients. As someone who works in the lab, we don't always see the patient side. Very very motivating. I also liked the career panel at the end of the day. All workshops are EXACTLY what we are doing in our lab. Very relevant." (2015 participant)

"This was my first summer school and I really enjoyed it. I think what I liked most about it was the fact that it was so interdisciplinary and as a clinical researcher, I learned a lot of new stuff from the basic sciences and started to identify opportunities for collaboration even within my own field." (2014 participant)

"The caliber of researchers who attend the summer school really helped to motivate and drive my passion for MS research. The organizers were amazing, I learned an immense amount AND had a lot of fun." (2014 participant)

"I loved just about everything about it. I like the hands-on workshops, I really liked being able to interact with MS patients, media, and MS Society organizers, and see MS research from their point of view; I loved all the social opportunities to network (this is the BEST conference/event I have ever attended in terms of networking); I loved the knowledge transfer/communication sessions; the food was excellent; I really liked learning about other fields of MS research besides MRI... the list goes on!!" (2013 participant)

"Fostering relationships amongst trainees - this is really promoting a collaborative environment amongst the next generation of MS researchers in Canada.” (2012 participant)

"In addition to the fact that Summer School was a great opportunity to learn, it provided me with a chance to interact directly with trainees and faculty from all different avenues of MS research." (2011 participant)

Contact information

Program Manager: Ms. Anik Schoenfeldt
Tel: (514) 843-1442/ 1-877-288-2570

Program Director: Dr. Christina Wolfson
Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext. 44739

endMS National Training Program Office
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
The Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue, Building R2-115
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4
Fax: (514) 934-4458

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