Training and Capacity Building (TCB)


LeadColleen J. Maxwell

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.


  • 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.

Current CCNA Trainees:

More than 80 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.


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

  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 on CCNA related work; or
  2. A postdoctoral researcher* (also known as a Scholar or Fellow) associated with a Canadian post-secondary institution (registered as a student and/or holding an appointment as an employee) who is being mentored by a CCNA investigator member, and is engaged in CCNA related work.

* 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 CCNA Trainee Society – Founded in January 2018

The CCNA Trainee Society is a network for CCNA trainees investigating neurodegeneration across Canada, including graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and postdoctoral researchers.

To learn more about the 2018 Executive Committee Members, click here.


Any CCNA-affiliated trainee can be a member of the Trainee Society. To register as member of the CCNA Trainee Society, click here.

Resources for Trainees

The Training and Capacity Building Program has created learning resources to help CCNA trainees develop the ability to communicate to a non-scientific audience, one of the essential “soft skills” you’ll need no matter where your research career takes you.

Social Media Primer
Media Training

The Synapse – The CCNA Training and Capacity Building Program Newsletter



For more information about this cross cutting program, please contact Amanda Duncan.

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