The CNMD is committed to providing an excellent graduate student experience through unique research and training opportunities.


CNMD researchers offer a broad-based training program in neuromuscular disease, ranging from basic discovery to clinical application. Through extensive collaborations between laboratories, trainees will be introduced to a variety of research projects using different conceptual frameworks and distinct methodological approaches.

Students from the Basic Sciences will be exposed to clinical research through the Work-in-Progress seminars and will be invited to attend neurology grand rounds, which will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students to gain new insight into clinical challenges and patient care.

Through the community outreach efforts of the Centre, students will be linked to a number of patient groups, which will provide volunteer opportunities and allow students to make a difference in the community while gaining valuable professional experience. Fundraising efforts of the Centre will provide financial support for the recruitment and retention of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows.

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Researchers working at lab benches and computers
Researchers working in biosafety cabinets
Researcher looking in microscope

Scholarships in Translational Research (STaR Award)

In partnership with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI), the Dr. Eric Poulin Centre for Neuromuscular Disease (CNMD) is pleased provide the Scholarships in Translational Research, or STaR Awards. The STaR Awards encourages excellence in graduate studies at the master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. CNMD STaR Awards is a merit-based scholarship. Five awards are available. Three awards, valued at $10,000/yr for a 1 year term, will support meritorious basic science trainees working on any aspect of neuromuscular function or dysfunction. Two awards are supported directly through the Dr. Eric Poulin Fund, valued at $15,000/yr for a 1 year term, and will support meritorious research specifically in motor neuron disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-related disorders.

STaR Awards are available to trainees studying in any laboratory for which the principal investigator is a member of the CNMD. Trainees may be studying any aspect of neuromuscular function or dysfunction, and must be pursuing their studies full-time, and may not be employed for more than an average of 10 hours per week for any term during tenure of the award. Please see full details for STaR awards.

More information is available at [email protected].