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.

NEXT RETREAT: In light of the MS Society of Canada’s 2016 endMS Conference, the Alberta MS Network will not have its annual retreat in Banff this year. Instead, there will be a trainee retreat in Edmonton (June 24-25), following the University of Alberta MS Centre Research Symposium (June 24). Register for the trainee retreat by May 15, 2016.  

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, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Jul 18, 2016  |  Dr. Jacqueline Quandt  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 410015
  • Oct 27, 2016  |  Dr. Stephen Sawcer  | UofA ECHA 2-140, UofC HSC G382, UofL EP1201, SHC 510015
  • Nov 24, 2016 |  TBC  | UofA 2-140 TBC, UofC HSC G382, UofL EP1201, SHC 710007
  • Dec 15, 2016 |  TBC  | UofA ECHA TBC, UofC HSC G500, UofL EP1201, SHC 710007
* This seminar runs 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

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


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.



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


Join Network

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.