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Our team

Follow the links to learn more about the members of the MMSRC.

Centre leadership

  • Affiliate member

  • Public Affiliates

Become a member

Our vision is to create a community of people interested in participating in research related activities. Join the MMSRC in its efforts to tackle the impact of MS in Manitoba and beyond.

Membership Benefits

  • Build your network: Access to seminars/lectures and scientific conferences/meetings. Opportunities to meet with internal and external scientists in the field of MS and related areas.
  • Outreach and advocacy: Opportunities to serve your scientific community and Institute by promoting research and engaging with the public.
  • Registration discounts: Save on registration costs when attending the MMSRC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Subscription to email List: Stay up-to-date and get the latest information about upcoming MMSRC Seminars, Publications, Awards and other exciting news! 

Membership Responsibilities

Members are expected to participate in the MMSRC Research Seminar Series, contribute to committees of the MMSRC, and participate in the annual meeting of the MMSRC.

We also ask that members share their achievements so that we can collectively celebrate new research funding, honors, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, and innovative knowledge products.

Membership categories

Membership is free. Please contact MMSRC directors for membership consideration.


Principal investigator affiliate

Individuals primarily employed by a health care, education or research organization (or other related organization). Individuals who hold professional research appointments as research administrators, grant facilitators or research coordinators are also eligible to apply in this category.

Student, residents, research fellows/associate affiliate

Membership is open to all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and assistants,  medical students, and residents at the University of Manitoba and  other universities in Manitoba.

Public affiliates

MMSRC welcomes members from the general public who have an interest in MS research, care, and/or advocacy.



  • Congratulations to Dr. Soheila Karimi and Dr. Heather Armstrong who each has received a 5-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Read more on UM Today.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Soheila Karimi on receiving a 3-year Discovery grant from Multiple Sclerosis Canada.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kowalec and her colleague who have received US Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Exploration Hypothesis Development Award.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kowalec on her success in the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Pilot Grant Competition.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Soheila Karimi and her colleagues on Receiving an IGNITE Interdisciplinary grant from University of Manitoba.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kaarina Kowalec, Dr. Heather Armstrong and Dr. Galen Wright on their John R. Evans Leaders Fund projects
  • Congratulations to Dr. Galen Wright and his collaborators for receiving the Winnipeg Foundation Innovation Fund
  • Congratulations to Dr. Elisabet Jakova (a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Karimi’s Lab) for receiving the Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Regenerative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis from the MS Canada and the Stem Cell Network

In the news: 2023

Check out the UM Today news stories below that feature some of our principal investigators,


Seminar series

The MMSRC seminars will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST (except for July, August, and December). Sessions will follow a hybrid in-person/Zoom format, with the physical portion being held in room 306, Pathology Building, Bannatyne campus.

Upcoming sessions

endMS Summer School at the University of Manitoba

The Manitoba Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre (MMSRC) is very excited to host the 2024 endMS Summer School at the University of Manitoba, from June 10-13, 2024.

Members of the MMSRC have close ties to both the UM Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the MS Clinic within Health Sciences Centre – Winnipeg (Manitoba’s largest hospital), and include a range of basic scientists, translational scientists, and clinician scientists.

The theme for this year’s Summer School will be MS Pathogenesis, Prognosis, and Repair. 
More information about this year's Summer School can be found on the endMS website.

endMS website

Contact us

Manitoba Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre (MMSRC)
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada