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5th Annual Toronto Brain Bee 2003

The Program in Neuroscience (PIN) and Dept. of Physiology at the University of Toronto once again hosted a neuroscience competition for High School students on Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 2003. Forty-six students from 12 different Toronto schools took part in this oral competition modeled after a "spelling bee".

The first place winner was Adam Lerer from the University of Toronto Schools, second prize went to Florence Varodayan from St. Clement's School and in third place was Ravi Manoharan from Earl Haig Secondary School. The winner of our local contest, Adam Lerer, will take part in the International Brain Bee competition organized by the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 14 and 15 where the winners from 35 other local University-sponsored competitions will be participating. Prizes for the International Brain Bee will again be $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place.

Many thanks to Drs. Karen Davis and Mary Pat McAndrews for running the competition and PIN graduate students Donna Addis (Psychology), Valerie Caraiscos (IMS), Erin Elliott (IMS), Chun Kwan (IMS), Shehnaz Moosa (Pharmacology), Amparo Wolf (IMS) for participating in the student presentation part of the day. These student presentations organized by Dr. McAndrews were the highlight of the day. The presentations provided the high school students with an excellent overview of the many types of research being done by PIN graduate students. Thanks also to Erin Elliott (IMS), Peter Mente (Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) and Dave Seminowicz (IMS) for mentoring the students in preparation for the Brain Bee. Thanks also to Jeptha Davenport (Physiology) for his assistance. We are also grateful to the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA / CIHR) for their financial support.