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Announcement of endMS Transitional Career Development Award Recipients and Launch of 2010 Competition 

By: MS Society of Canada 
January 28, 2010 

The endMS Research and Training Network, a nationwide initiative of the MS Society of Canada, proudly announces the recipients of its inaugural endMS Transitional Career Development Awards, Dr. Cornelia Laule of the University of British Columbia and Dr. Steven Kerfoot of Yale University. The awards provide successful post-doctoral and clinical fellows with $500,000 to fund the last two years of their MS-focused fellowship and the first three years of their first MS-focused faculty position in a Canadian institution.

Dr. Cornelia Laule

The endMS Network is funded by the MS Society’s related MS Scientific Research Foundation and is the flagship investment of the $60 million endMS capital campaign. Dr. Laule, recipient of the Women Against MS (WAMS) endMS Research and Training Network Transitional Career Development Award, focuses her research at the University of British Columbia on developing magnetic resonance (MR) techniques to study the pathology of multiple sclerosis.  In receiving this award, Dr. Laule said, “Thanks to the endMS initiative, I am able to continue my career as an MS researcher in Canada.  This award will enable me to foster interdisciplinary research, mentor trainees and encourage teamwork between basic scientists and clinicians to bring us closer to ending MS.”


Dr. Kerfoot is the recipient of the Garrett Herman endMS Research and Training Network Transitional Career Development Award.  Dr. Kerfoot completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Calgary, where he began his pursuit of MS research. In 2005, Dr. Kerfoot embarked on training at Yale University in the field of B cell biology.  With the support of this award, Dr. Kerfoot says he intends to “return to Canada to start a new lab as an independent investigator and pursue my long-standing research interests in immunology, chronic inflammation and the central nervous system in order to shed light into the role that B cells play in multiple sclerosis.”

 

Dr. Steven Kerfoot

The 2010 endMS Transitional Career Development Award competition has just launched, with applications due on Friday, April 9, 2010. For more information on this competition, including eligibility criteria and the application process, please review the application documents on the national personnel awards page of the endMS Research and Training Network website at www.endmsnetwork.ca/en/Awards/Pages/default.aspx.


The endMS Research and Training Network is a nationwide initiative formed to accelerate discovery in the field of multiple sclerosis in Canada.  Through innovative education and funding programs, the endMS Network aims to attract, train and retain MS researchers and increase opportunities to conduct MS research in Canada.  For more information on the endMS Network, please visit www.endmsnetwork.ca.

Women Against MS (WAMS) is a powerful collective of professional women dedicated to raising research funds to end MS while offering exclusive networking opportunities. Since its inception in 2005, WAMS in Ontario has raised over $1.2 million.