Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

endMS Summer School


The hosts of the 2020 endMS Summer School and the endMS National Training Program are very excited about the remarkable opportunity for those who were accepted to Summer School to participate in our first virtual “endMS Summer School Bits and Bytes” experience. We will be holding presentations throughout the upcoming months showcasing some of the originally planned endMS Summer School sessions and other cutting edge research.

In light of the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the endMS Education and Training Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in person 2020 endMS Summer School (May 19-22, at UBC). This decision was based on prioritizing health and safety in relation to the risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19. We are closely following guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and best public health practices to help minimize the risk of community transmission of the virus via large group gatherings.

We would like to thank everyone who applied to the 2020 endMS Summer School and would like to congratulate the successful applicants:
2020 endMS Summer School - List of Successful Applicants

Title: MS Bedside to Bench: A Primer in both MS Clinical Care & Roadmap for MS Research

The endMS Summer School is an annual 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 theme and the focus alternates between basic science one year and clinical and population health research the next. Participants explore topics in a small group setting that facilitates networking, collaboration and information exchange.

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.

Here is a link to the latest endMS Summer School video.

Click here to view the 2019 endMS Summer School page

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 CLOSED***

Application Guidelines
Program Guidelines

Important Dates

  • Competition Opens: Closed
  • Application Deadline: January 29, 2020
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: Mid March, 2020

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 - CANCELLED
MS Bedside to Bench: A Primer in both MS Clinical Care & Roadmap for MS Research

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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