Brain Bee at MSU winner takes seventh at nationals

A record forty-eight regional winners from around the country competed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore on March 14th and 15th of Brain Awareness Week. After two days of intense competition, the Brain Bee at MSU winner, Chunhua Ni from Troy High School came in 7th place!

The winner of the National Brain Bee, Adam Elliott from Piscataway, New Jersey, won a scholarship, a summer internship at a neuroscience lab, trophies for his school and himself, and the right to represent the United States at the Fifteenth International Brain Bee Championship in Washington, DC in August. 

The Brain Bee tests a student’s knowledge of the human brain, including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, addictions, brain research and many others. The USA Championship competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis involving face-to-face interactions with patient actors, MRI brain imaging analysis, brain histology with microscopes, and a final question and answer component with judges. Some examples of the final questions include: The amygdala is important for what kind of memory? (Answer: Emotional memory) Name the part of the brain known as its clock or pace-maker. (Answer: The suprachiasmatic nucleus). The inheritance of what variation of the apolipoprotein E gene is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease? (Answer: ApoE 4)

The International Brain Bee (IBB) was founded 15 years ago by Dr. Norbert Myslinski. His organization has expanded to 150 chapters in 30 countries in 6 continents. Home for the IBB is a foundation he created called MIND, Inc. (Mankind for International Neuroscience Development, Inc). Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says “We need them to treat and find cures for the more than 1000 neurological and psychological disorders including Alzheimer’s, Autism, and Addictions.”

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<Edited from a press release from the National Brain Bee>