Training and Capacity Building (TCB)

LeadDavid Hogan

Program Coordinator: Amanda Duncan

Our mission is to develop the next generation of research leaders and support their efforts in developing increasingly effective approaches to understanding and combating age-related neurodegenerative conditions.

We will accomplish this by recruiting top trainees, tapping into a culture of educational excellence, and facilitating training opportunities. All of this will be made possible through effective partnerships with CCNA investigators, CCNA partner organizations, and post-secondary institutions.


  • Support the overarching CCNA research program;
  • Develop future research leaders in the area of age-related neurodegenerative conditions; and,
  • Build aging and neurodegenerative disorder research capacity in Canada.

Forward-looking: our program aims to support the training of clinicians caring for Canadians living with neurodegenerative diseases.

We will attract promising trainees and support their development by:

  • Designing and implementing a range of effective interdisciplinary educational offerings, based on best practice and current trainee input;
  • Expanding and leveraging funding opportunities; and,
  • Fostering a sense of identity and community among CCNA trainees.

Current CCNA Trainees:

More than 55 trainees from a variety of disciplines are now contributing to the work of CCNA teams, platforms, and programs. Based within participating post-secondary institutions throughout Canada, CCNA’s trainees benefit from and contribute to the transformative work of the consortium.

Through the TCB program, trainees have access to funding opportunities, a personalized professional development program, and networking opportunities, placing them at the forefront of this call to action for Canadians.



To be recognized as a CCNA-Affiliated Trainee, an individual must be:

  1. A graduate student (Master’s or PhD) registered full-time or part-time in a Canadian post-secondary institution and working under the supervision of a CCNA investigator member.
  2. A postdoctoral researcher* (also known as a Scholar or Fellow) associated with a Canadian post-secondary institution, either registered as a student or holding an appointment as an employee, and is being mentored by a CCNA investigator member.

* A postdoctoral researcher is an individual holding a recently completed research doctoral degree (or medical professional equivalent) in a temporary period of mentored research or scholarly training.


The Synapse – The CCNA Training and Capacity Building Program Newsletter





For more information about this cross cutting program, please contact Amanda Duncan.TwitterLogo_#55acee

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