Scientific Review Panel

If Branch Out was a brain, the Scientific Review Panel (SRP) would be the neurons in our prefrontal cortex. They are responsible for deciding which research projects receive our grant funding and ultimately have the greatest return on impact for your donations.

Operations

Dr. Mandy Wintink, PhD

Research Director and Scientific Review Panel Co-Chair

Dr. Haley Vecchiarelli, PhD

Scientific Review Panel Co-Chair

Core Panel Members

These are the SRP members that have participated in multiple grant reviews over multiple years. Their scientific expertise and commitment to Branch Out is critical to our grant programs.

Dr. Trevor Hamilton
Associate Professor 
MacEwan University

Dr. Katie Birnie
Assistant Professor
University of Calgary

Dr. Loryn Bohne
Scientific Writer
Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry

Dr. Alison Oates
Associate Professor
University of Saskatchewan

Emerson Daniele
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Julia Rybkina
Medical Student
McGill University

Dr. Sara LoTemplio
Assistant Professor
Colorado State University

Dr. Kelvin Jones
Professor
University of Alberta

Dr. Shannon Dunn
Associate Professor
University of Toronto

Veronica Vuong
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Anna Kalisvaart

PhD Student
University of Alberta

Taylor Snowden
PhD Candidate
University of Victoria

Dr. Catharine Mielnik
Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Toronto

Dr. Mathieu Figeys
Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Alberta

Braeden McKenzie
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Jackson Lordall
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan 

Dr. Haley Vecchiarelli
Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Victoria

Dr. Bryce Geeraert
Research Program Manager
University of Calgary

Eleonora Vaccariello
Graduate Research Assistant
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Sean Maw
Associate Professor
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jordan Engbers
CEO
Cohesic Inc.

Dr. Corey Deacon
Medical Director
Neurvana Health

Dr Benneth Ben-Azu
Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Victoria

Jenny Ai Nguyen
PhD Candidate
University of Calgary

Dr. Haley Anderson
Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Saskatchewan

Hye Ji (Jay) Kim
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan

Preeti Kar
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan

Micael Carrier
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Sarah Munce
Scientist 
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Alexandria Samson
Graduate Student
Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest

Vjura Senthilnathan
Graduate Student
University of Toronto

Dr. Phyllis Paterson
Professor Emerita
University of Saskatchewan

Mackenzie Bone
Medical Student
University of Saskatchewan

Sunny Bui
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan

Claire Niehaus
PhD Candidate
University of Lethbridge

Dr. Jodie Gawryluk
Associate Professor
University of Victoria

Julie Joyce
Integrated Concussion Research Program, University of Calgary

Ashley Either
Graduate Student
University of Calgary

Laavanya Dharmakulaseelan
Department of Neurology, University of Toronto

Devin Gill
Senior Human Factors Engineer
Schlesinger Group

Ayat Zagzoog
PhD Candidate
University of Saskatchewan

Brett Robbins
Research Assistant
University of Alberta

Zeenat Ladak
Health Systems Impact Fellow
Women’s College Hospital

Jeremy Viczko
PhD Candidate
University of Victoria

Eva Simoncicova
PhD Candidate
University of Victoria

Cassandra Wilkinson
PhD Student
University of Alberta