CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee 2015 Participants

Calgary student wins best brain in Canada!

Photo: Hamilton, Ontario – May 30, 2015 – Top left: Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran Nair, Tyler Pollock. Middle left: Chang (Rachel) Lu (Vancouver Brain Bee), Hyeok (Steven) Jun Lee (Hamilton Brain Bee), Yejun Hong (Edmonton Brain Bee), Jordan Waters (Guelph Brain Bee), Dr. Judith Shedden (Chair CCNBB), Dr. Eric Marcotte (CIHR), Dr. Ayesha Khan, Dr. Nikol Piskuric, Rachel Gador (Winnipeg Brain Bee), Yao (Esa) Li (London Brain Bee), Michelle Ruhigisha (Victoria Brain Bee). Bottom left: Abbie Liu (Saskatchewan Brain Bee), Robyn Hana Loves (Ottawa Brain Bee), Janson Kappen (Calgary Brain Bee), Shannon Egan (Toronto Brain Bee), Melina Thibault (Montreal Brain Bee), Courtney Clarke (Newfoundland Brain Bee), Zarina Mamoukhova (Waterloo Brain Bee), Alexandra Overvelde (Kingston Brain Bee)

Congratulations to our top three winners!

  1. Janson Kappen, Westmount Charter High School, Calgary
  2. Yao (Esa) Li, A.B. Lucas Secondary School, London
  3. Jordan Waters, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph

Photo: Hamilton, Ontario – May 30, 2015 – National Brain Bee organizer Dr. Judith Shedden (left), winner Janson Kappen of Calgary (middle), and CIHR representative Dr. Eric Marcotte (right)

On May 30, 15 “brainy” high school students from across Canada competed in the 8th annual CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Through a spelling bee-like competition, they answered questions to show how well they know neuroscience and the brain. The first place winner Janson Kappen from Westmount Charter High School, Calgary, Alberta, earned the title of best brain in Canada by answering questions about 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 respectively. Janson, the first place winner, was awarded a giant trophy, which will be displayed at his school for a year. He will also get the opportunity to work as a summer intern in a Canadian neuroscience laboratory.

In August, Janson will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee championship in Cairns, Australia, which will be held in conjunction with the International Society for Neurochemistry, Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry and Australasian Society for Neurochemistry Incorporated Biennial Meeting, and the Australasian Neuroscience Society Meeting.

Interview with Canada’s Winner

CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee

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

The Brain Bee is like a spelling bee for high school students, except that the students compete to determine who has the “best brain” on topics such 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.

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