CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee 2017 Participants

Toronto student wins best brain in Canada!

Photo: The participants of the 10th CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee competition, with Dr. Ayesha Khan (senior director of the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee), Dr. Judith Shedden (Chair CCNBB) and Dr. Eric Marcotte (CIHR Associate Director of the Regenerative Medicine and Nanomedicine Initiative).

Congratulations to our top three winners!

  1. Prerana Keerthi, The Woodlands Secondary School, Toronto
  2. Sydney Johnson, John F. Ross C.V.I, Guelph
  3. Denzil Boyd Jr., Milton District High School, Hamilton

On May 27th 2017, fifteen “brainy” high school students from across Canada competed in the 10th annual CIHR Brain Bee hosted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The competition tests the participants’ knowledge of neuroscience and the brain using a variety of different challenges. The first place winner, Prerana Keerthi from The Woodlands Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario earned the title of Canada’s “best brain” 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 personal trophies and scholarship prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively. Prerana, the first place winner, was also awarded a trophy that will be displayed in her school for one year in addition to the opportunity to work as a summer intern in a Canadian neuroscience laboratory.

This summer, Prerana will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee championship in Washington DC, in the United-States.

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.

To view more photos from the event, please visit our photo gallery.

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