• Graduate students who are pursuing masters or doctoral work in MS research and are under the supervision of a senior researcher
• Postdoctoral research fellows who conduct research to address very advanced, specific questions about MS
• Researchers who recently assumed faculty positions at academic institutions
The endMS Research and Training Network, which was created and implemented by the MS Society and involves activities such as the endMS Conference, is truly a multi-faceted program through which trainees in any of the above capacities are given invaluable opportunities for research training, career development, collaboration and mentorship.
Throughout the last few days, I have been inspired by the level of talent, passion, and innovation that has been displayed by the trainees. Not only were they presenting high-level research alongside some of the most renowned MS experts in the world, but were actively engaged in the question and answer periods, and even got together during coffee breaks to exchange ideas and ask questions about each others’ experiments.
When the endMS Network was created in 2006, the vision was that it would give rise to the next generation of MS researchers, and at the end of today I felt confident that that goal was achieved.
I wish I could write down all the interesting work in MS that was presented by trainees throughout the conference, but that would require several additional blog posts. Instead, I’ll briefly introduce one MS research trainee who I met during lunch yesterday. His name is Brian Cheng.