Bragg Creek provided the backdrop for the 2nd Annual Branch Out Snowshoe Tour, in support of brain health. A lack of snow on the trails couldn’t slow the enthusiasm for participants at the sold-out event. All proceeds from the event got to brain health research. Branch Out Neurological Foundations funds research for alternative treatments for neurological disorders, including concussion.View
A few Calgary Stampeders are putting in some extra offseason training. Offensive lineman Quinn Smith, defensive end Ben D’Aguilar and strength coach Dmitri Tsoumpas are volunteering at a snowshoe tour fundraiser in support of brain health.Read more
BOSSers (Snowshoe Tour Participants)! With 10 short days to go, I’m sure you’re getting excited to hit the trails with your snowshoes!! We know a lot of you have had fundraising on the brain, and as the event comes closer, you might be feeling the pressure to hit your targets.. FEAR NO MORE!!Read more
Check out Crystal Phillip and Olympian Denny Morrison's interview on Global Calgary.View
Meet Branch Out's first PhD student
Haley Vecchiarelli, from the University of Calgary!
Haley was the first Branchy to represent Branch Out Neurological Foundation and neuroCAM in Brazil at the 2015 International Brain Research Organization World Congress!
Haley wrote about Branching Out in Brazil for us and how her neuroCAM research has the potential to impact lives around the world.Read more
Why she's a 2015 Top 40:
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 19, Crystal Phillips, an Olympic speed skating hopeful, was determined to find a natural way to help her body heal. Her drive has led her to help develop an academic field of study now known as neuroCAM, which is funded exclusively by her charity, the Branch Out Foundation.View
By Neuroscientist & Speed Skater Jessica Merkens
My summer internship at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute has passed. During my time as an international student, from Holland, at HBI I was thrown in the deep end multiple times, and crawled back up scratched and bruised.Read more
Anastasia Greenberg appears to have a peculiar combination of interests. She is both a student working on her PhD in neuroscience AND a talented painter.Read more
In many ways, athletes are very lucky. This year alone, I have literally travelled around the world, came back to Calgary, and then went back to Europe. I’ve been treated to various cultures around the world, had travel experiences with close friends, tried funky foods and had the opportunity to lace-up my skates and compete against the best in the world, mano-y-mano.
Through this I constantly have people in my corner who dedicate an enormous amount of time and attention to me. From coaches with their amazing eye for detail, to the therapists who give me long massages (painful ones), to make sure I can compete at my very best.Read more