CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

2012 Participants

Student from Kelowna wins best brain in Canada!


Judith Shedden, the organizer of the event, (back row, right) stands among some of the brightest brains in Canada during the fifth annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee Championship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday, May 26, 2012

Congratulations to our top three winners!

  1. Laronna Sewell, Kelowna Secondary School,  Kelowna 
  2. Adil Abdulla, Ashbury College, Ottawa
  3. David Kim, Sinclair Secondary School, Toronto


CIHR Associate Director Eric Marcotte (back) and the top three winners: Adil Abdulla (left), Laronna Sewell (middle) and David Kim (right).

On May 26th, the top high school students across Canada competed at McMaster University in Hamilton for the right to be called the best brain in Canada. Thirteen students who won their regional competitions went head to head, and were tested on their knowledge of neuroscience as well as their skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy. Topics covered memory, sleep, intelligence, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain-imaging, neurology, neurotransmitters, genetics, and brain disease. The top three winners of the competition took home trophies and scholarship awards of $1,500, $1,000, and $500. Laronna Sewell, the first place winner, also received a giant travelling trophy to be showcased at her school for a year.

Laronna will go on to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee (IBB) championship in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 22, 2012.

The Annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee was hosted by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) at McMaster University.


CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

The CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee (CCNBB) is an event that brings together the very top high school students to test their neuroscience and brain research knowledge. The Canadian winner will go on to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee, an annual event held since 1998.

Brain Bee is like a spelling bee for high school students, except that the students compete to determine who has the "best brain" on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, brain imaging, sleep, and neurological disease. All Brain Bee competitions wrap up with the exciting oral elimination rounds which abide by the same rules as spelling bees.

To learn more about the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee, please visit the official competition website.

Past Participants