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Michael Namaka MScPharm, PhD

Currently Not Accepting Students.

Current Position

Tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine in the University of Manitoba


Dr. Namaka came to CHRIM because he was interested in studying white matter disorders of pediatric patients that included Multiple Sclerosis and Non Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury.

He is also cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in Rehab Medicine (Spinal Cord Injury) & Human Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Dr. Namaka is also affiliated with Anesthesia Department of Medicine where he has an active clinical practice in the chronic pain clinic. Currently he functions as a clinician specialized in multiple sclerosis (MS) and chronic pain, with a recognized cellular expertise in both areas, through his professional designation as a neuroscientist.

These dual professional designations have allowed him to bridge his cellular neuroscience research to his clinical practice. He heads a neuroscience research laboratory, which serves as the training center for several MD-Ph D; Ph D and Master s students.


2006-College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, Canada Multiple Sclerosis Medical Clinical Assistant (MS MED CA)

2000-Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Canada Ph.D

1997-Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Canada M Sc

1991-Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Canada B Sc. Pharmacy

Research Focus:

Multiple Sclerosis
Neuropathic Pain
Chronic Pain
Dorsal root ganglia
experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)
sciatic nerve lesion
spinal cord Myelin regeneration

Currently, Dr. Namaka heads a cellular neuroscience research team of graduate students whose primary focus is on cytokine/neurotrophin interactions and their implications on remyelination and myelin repair.