Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

endMS Summer School

The endMS Summer School is an annual interactive education program that aims to enhance knowledge and skills in MS research among trainees.

Participants from a variety of disciplines explore MS-related research topics in small group settings that facilitate networking, collaboration and information exchange.

Each year, the endMS Summer School alternates its main focus between basic research, and clinical and population health research.

A huge thank you to the hosts of the 2016 endMS Summer School! The theme was "The Evolving Art and Science of MS Care" and featured plenary sessions, hands-on workshops and career development sessions. It was hosted at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, June 13-16, 2016.

Click here to see: Photos of the 2016 endMS Summer School

2016 Program Overview
Emerging basic science and clinical breakthroughs in MS and NMO are transforming patient care. Clinicians caring for this patient population need a strong understanding of latest treatments, diagnostic criteria and exciting developments. This live educational program offers a comprehensive overview of the integration of science in MS and NMO into clinical practice.

The 2016 endMS Summer School objectives were to:
• Unravel molecular aetiology and pathophysiology to assist in the development of novel targets and biomarkers for therapeutic interventions.
• Understand how advances in imaging are being applied for improved diagnosis, management and treatment assessment.
• Utilise population health data and appropriate epidemiological methods to guide clinical decision making.
• Unite peers across multiple disciplines and encourage networking and collaboration.

For information on past endMS Summer Schools see "Summer School Highlights" section below.

Eligibility

The endMS Summer School is open to applicants generally studying at Canadian universities who are enrolled in a graduate program or who hold a postdoctoral/clinical fellowship, as well as those who are in the process of applying to a graduate program or postdoctoral/clinical fellowship. This includes international students and international postdoctoral fellows studying at Canadian universities. At the time of entry into the program, trainees must be enrolled full-time at a Canadian university.

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, PT, OT, etc.) who have already completed graduate training are also eligible.

Application and Program Guidelines

Application Guidelines
Program Guidelines
Deadline for applications is February 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST

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

What participants have said about their experience

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

" The greatest benefit was networking. I could see myself collaborating with many trainees that I met at the Summer School." (2016 participant)

"It opened my eyes to several post grad options, including what other MS research is being done in other labs/schools, helping me decide where to apply to do a PhD." (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. Exposure to research in different areas has encouraged me to think of my work from new perspectives." (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
Email: anik.schoenfeldt@mail.mcgill.ca

Program Director: Dr. Christina Wolfson
Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext. 44739
Email: Christina.wolfson@mcgill.ca

endMS Network Training Office
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
1025 Pine Avenue W., AMI - P2.028
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A1
Fax: (514) 934-4458