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7th Annual Toronto Brain Bee 2005

The Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (PIN) hosted the 7th annual neuroscience competition for High School students on Friday afternoon, February 18, 2005. Twenty-two students from 7 different Toronto schools took part in this oral competition modeled after a "spelling bee". The first place winner was Peter Lu from the University of Toronto Schools, second prize went to Ting Zhu from Earl Haig Secondary School and in third place was Jamie Duan also from Earl Haig Secondary School.

The winner of our local contest, Peter Lu, will take part in the 7th International Brain Bee (IBB) competition organized by the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 18 and 19 where the winners from 50 other local University-sponsored competitions will be participating. Prizes for the IBB will again be $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place. In the 6 year history of the
IBB, two U of T brain bee 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 Dr. Karen Davis and Mary Pat McAndrews. Many thanks go to PIN graduate students Maha Adamo (Psychology), Nicole Carmichael (Physiology), Diana Frasca (Rehab. Science), Sarah Johnson (IMS), David Seminowicz (IMS), Huy Tran (Physiology) and Orit Zamir (Physiology) for assisting with the Bee. Special thanks to Sarah Johnson, Dave Seminowicz and Huy Tran for giving presentations on their research. 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 program administrator, for her very efficient administration of the Brain Bee. We are also grateful to the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA / CIHR) for their financial support.