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6th Annual Toronto Brain Bee 2004

The University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (PIN) hosted the 6th annual neuroscience competition for High School students on Tuesday afternoon, February 3, 2004. Nineteen students from 7 different Toronto schools took part in this oral competition modeled after a "spelling bee". The first place winner was Andrea Daly from Bishop Allen Academy, second prize went to Julia Ponomaryov also from Bishop Allen Academy and in third place was Jennifer Bates from Michael Power/St. Josephs High School.

The winner of our local contest, Andrea Daly, took part in the 6th International Brain Bee (IBB) competition organized by the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 19 and 20 where the winners from 40 other local University-sponsored competitions participated. Prizes for the IBB were again $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place. In the past, two U of T winners also won first place in the IBB.

The U of T competition is organized by Professor Jonathan Dostrovsky, Director of PIN, with the help of PIN members Drs. Karen Davis and Mary Pat McAndrews. Many thanks go to PIN graduate students Donna Addis (Psychology), Valerie Caraiscos (IMS), Mary Chiu (Physiology), Shehnaz Moosa (Pharmacology) and David Seminowicz (IMS) for assisting with the Bee and 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. Special thanks go to Pat Reed, PIN secretary, for her very efficient administration of the Brain Bee. We are also grateful to the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (INMHA / CIHR) for their financial support.