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Students can demonstrate their knowledge in the NEOMED Brain Bee



Published: Mon, September 1, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

ROOTSTOWN

Local students age 14-18 have the opportunity to participate in Northeast Ohio Medical University’s inaugural Brain Bee, a competition that will test their knowledge of neuroscience.

The Brain Bee will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at NEOMED.

The overall winner of the competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Brain Bee Competition in Baltimore, Md., for themselves and their support team.

The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and is the worldwide neuroscience competition for high-school students. The competition motivates students to learn about the brain and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. Brain Bees test student’s knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addictions and brain research.

Monthly Saturday tutoring sessions are available to help students prepare for the Brain Bee. Tutoring sessions will occur from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Jan. 10 at NEOMED.

“Participating in a regional Brain Bee is a great way for high school students to foster academic relationships with neuroscientists and meet students with similar interests from other local high schools,” said Dana Peterson, assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology. “We see these sessions as a way to extend and reinforce these important mentoring relationships between NEOMED faculty and staff and area high-school students.”

Students may register at www.neomed.edu/admissions/programs/brain-bee. For more information about the Brain Bee, contact Dana Peterson, Ph.D., M.Ed., assistant professor of anatomy and neurobiology at 330-325-6476 or dpeterson@neomed.edu.

For 40 years, NEOMED has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers.


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