The purpose of the Stem Cell Network-MS Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regenerative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis is to attract and retain promising post-doctoral scientists to work at the intersection of stem cells, regenerative medicine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Successful applicants will pursue research, including stem cell and regenerative medicine approaches that can be used to investigate, treat, or cure MS. This award is two years in duration and is intended for those in a relatively early stage in their post-doctoral career.

This competition is currently closed.

Congratulations to the Stem Cell Network-MS Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship in Regenerative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis Recipient!

Elisabet Jakova, Ph.D.
PI: Soheila Karimi, Ph.D.
University of Manitoba
Project Title: Therapeutic Potential of Neuregulin-1 in Promoting Neural Stem Cell Mediated Repair in Progressive MS


Dr. Jakova’s research will explore the potential of the protein Neuregulin-1 to promote repair of the myelin sheath enveloping human nerves. The myelin sheath – which is a protective layer that keeps our nerves functioning, sending, and receiving messages from all parts of our body – is damaged by the immune system in multiple sclerosis, leading to impaired mobility, sensation, cognition, vision, and other essential bodily functions. Dr. Jakova’s research aims to evaluate Neuregulin-1 as a potential future treatment to halt MS progression and facilitate tissue repair, offering hope to those affected by this debilitating disease. Dr. Jakova has been awarded $50,000 per year to complete the two-year fellowship at the University of Manitoba.

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