2022 endMS Summer School

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.

2022 endMS Summer School Agenda