Montreal’s collective IQ will surge tomorrow (February 12, 2010) as high-school students from across the city meet to compete in the 2010 Montreal regional Brain Bee competition. This exciting challenge tests for knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University hosts the competition and graduate students from the institute ha
Montreal’s collective IQ will surge tomorrow (February 12, 2010)
as high-school students from across the city meet to compete in the
2010 Montreal regional Brain Bee competition. This exciting
challenge tests for knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. The
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill
University hosts the competition and graduate students from the
institute have been instrumental in mentoring and tutoring the
students to prepare them for the challenge, equipping them with
tools to become the next generation of scientists.
“The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain,
captures their imagination, and inspires them to pursue careers in
biomedical brain research,” says Marta Ceko, doctoral candidate who
along with Audrey Laferrière and other graduate students at The
Neuro has helped to organize the local quiz. “It is the energy and
passion of these talented and bright students that may help us to
find cures for autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis,
spinal cord injury and other brain disorders.”
The Brain Bee is fashioned after a traditional spelling bee,
except that students answer questions about memory, sleep,
intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain-imaging,
neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and brain disease.
Preparation for the local competition is daunting. Students have to
learn and digest materials from a 60-page booklet on the brain
called ‘Neuroscience: Science of the Brain’, produced by the
Society for Neuroscience which is the basis for the 480
The winner of the local brain bee wins a trip to McMaster
University to compete in the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee on
May 28 with students from across the country. The winner of that
event goes on to compete with students from all over the globe
including India, Australia, Egypt and the US, at the International
Brain Bee in San Diego, California.
31 students from 6 schools across the Montreal area are
participating in the local contest which is open to all high-school
students. In addition to the competition, the Montreal Brain Bee
includes games, prizes and a presentation.
About the Montreal Neurological Institute and
The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is
a unique academic medical centre dedicated to neuroscience. The
Neuro is a research and teaching institute of McGill University and
forms the basis for the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill
University Health Centre. Founded in 1934 by the renowned Dr.
Wilder Penfield, The Neuro is recognized internationally for
integrating research, compassionate patient care and advanced
training, all key to advances in science and medicine. Neuro
researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular
neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study
and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular
disorders. For more information, please visit www.mni.mcgill.ca.