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Background and 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 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. 


The Training Program is funded via a directed grant from MS Canada and led by:
Program Director:
Dr. Christina Wolfson, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University
Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Queen's University
Dr. Nathalie Arbour, Université de Montréal, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

For more information contact:
Ms. Anik Schoenfeldt, endMS Program Manager,
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre or

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