The Alberta MS Network was initiated in 2009 with funding from the MS Society of Canada (previously branded as the ‘Alberta endMS Regional Research and Training Centre’). What began as a training network to enhance the quality of teaching of MS trainees in Alberta rapidly evolved into a network across Alberta that fosters collaboration, research, and educational activities on MS, in addition to training the next generation of MS scientists.

"We have become an interactive network of trainees, investigators from the basic neurosciences, neurologists and clinician scientists, all working together on MS. I welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our network and the opportunities to collaborate."     -     V. Wee Yong, Ph.D, Network Director

Steering Committee:

NETWORK GOAL  #1  -  To provide an environment for top quality training on MS across the province at all levels.
NETWORK GOAL #2  -  To create and extend MS research collaborations, including multi-disciplinary research activities.
NETWORK GOAL #3  -  To increase the capacity for MS research discoveries in Alberta.
RESEARCH GOAL  >  Repair of damaged brain and spinal cord tissue including myelin, the cells that make myelin and nerve fibres.
RESEARCH GOAL  >  Blocking the immune system attack on the brain and spinal cord including a study of the use of bone marrow transplantation as a treatment.
RESEARCH GOAL  >  Genetic susceptibility to MS and potential environmental factors. The use of MRI to provide a “window” into the brain and spinal cord.
RESEARCH GOAL  >  Repair of damaged brain and spinal cord tissue including myelin, the cells that make myelin and nerve fibres.



Annual Retreat

The retreat brings together MS researchers and trainees from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary & Lethbridge as well as physicians from the community and the MS clinics in Edmonton, Calgary & Red Deer. The relatively small size of this MS‐dedicated group makes it the perfect venue to exchange knowledge and ideas, and to foster networking and collaborations.


The 6th annual network retreat will be hosted at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta on December 8 and 9, 2017. The overall purpose of the retreat is to educate our members about scientific advances in MS and encourage collaboration on MS-related research locally and internationally. This year, the program will feature  four internationally renowned guest speakers including Dr. Daniel Reich, National Institutes of Health (MRI); Dr. Kassandra Munger, Harvard University (environmental and lifestyle factors in MS); Dr. Jonah Chan, University of California San Francisco (remyelination) and Dr. Jack van Horssen, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (neuropathology). Trainee platform presentations will highlight ongoing MS research in Alberta. In addition to our platform sessions, we will host a clinical connection forum that will review innovative therapies that address MS symptoms.  



If you need more information or a link to register, email info@albertamsnetwork.ca.

Seminar Series

The Alberta MS Network has monthly 1-hour seminars on a broad spectrum of MS-related topics in which the Alberta institutions are linked via videoconference. Presentations are given by visiting guest speakers, or local researchers and trainees. These seminars are an opportunity to get involved in dynamic discussion on all areas of MS research.

All times are from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

  • Feb 25, 2016  |  Dr. Jeff Dunn  |  UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Mar 24, 2016  |  Dr. Isobel Scarisbrick  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Apr 21, 2016  |  Dr. Jens Walter  | UofA ECHA 2-140 (live site), UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 710007
  • Jun 16, 2016  |  Dr. Bogdan Popecsu  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 410015
  • Jun 30, 2016*  |  Dr. Jon Laman  | UofA ECHA 2-190 (live site), UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Jul 18, 2016  |  Dr. Jacqueline Quandt  | UofA ECHA 2-140 (live site), UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 410015
  • Oct 27, 2016  |  Dr. Stephen Sawcer  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G382 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Nov 24, 2016 |  Kevin Thorburn| UofA 2-140 (live site), UofC HSC G382, UofL EP1201, SHC 710007
  • Jan 26, 2017 |  Nathan Michaels & Stella Babatunde | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC 1405A, UofL TBC, SHC 710007
  • Feb 23, 2017 |  Ahmed Elkady & Max Hamilton | UofA ECHA 2-490, UofC HSC 1405A, UofL TBC, SHC 710007
  • Mar 23, 2017 |  Dr. Shaona Acharjee | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Apr 20, 2017 |  Dr. Samuel Ludwin | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 510007
  • Jun 8, 2017 | Dr. Jack Antel  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 710015
  • Aug 18, 2017*| Summer Student Research Update | UofA ECHA 2-190 (live site), UofC HSC G500 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 710015
  • Sept 28, 2017 | Dr. Michael Levin  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500 (live site), UofL EP1201, SHC 710015
  • Oct 19, 2017 | Dr. Patricia Manns  | UofA ECHA 2-140 (live site), UofC HSC O1500, UofL EP1201, SHC 710015
  • Nov 16, 2017 | Dr. Francisco Quintana  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC HSC O1500, UofL EP1201, SHC 710015
* Friday Seminar

Trainee Travel Award

This award is to help trainees present their MS research at a domestic or international conference.


Trainee Exchange Award

This award is to help trainees to travel to other laboratories/research groups to work on a collaborative project or to learn a new technique.


Trainee Travel to 2016 endMS Conference (closed)

This award is to help trainees attend the 2016 MS Society of Canada's endMS Conference


2017 Summer Studentships (closed)

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program may apply for a 2017 Alberta MS Network Summer Studentship to work on MS related research (non-clinical or clinical) under the supervision of an Alberta based researcher. This award is meant to encourage exceptional trainees to work on MS research.



For more information please contact info@AlbertaMSNetwork.ca

Guest Speaker Support

Would you like to host a guest speaker for a future Alberta MS Network seminar? Limited funds are available.

Knowledge Translation

This program provides support for knowledge translation activities, including interacting with selected patient groups to transmit new knowledge, or to learn of their expectations so that better research questions can be formulated.

Collaborative Meeting Support

This program helps groups wishing to initiate new MS projects or to work on an ongoing collaboration.

Back To Basics Podcasts

The following PowerPoint files contain voice-over audio to guide you through the presentation.

1. MS pathophysiology

Dr. Jason Plemel, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary


2. Oligodendrocytes and myelin in health and disease

Michael B. Keough, MD/PhD Student, University of Calgary


3. MS animal models

Dr. Stefanie Black, Research Associate, University of Calgary


4. MS symptoms, subtypes & diagnosis

Dr. Collin Luk, Neurology Resident, University of Alberta


5. MS epidemiology

Dr. Kevin Yen, Neurology Resident, University of Alberta






182A Heritage Medical Research Building
3330 Hospital Drive NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta  T2N 4N1


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