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9th Annual Toronto Brain Bee 2007

The Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (PIN) hosted the 9th annual neuroscience competition for High School students on Tuesday afternoon, February 13, 2007. Twenty-four students from 9 different Toronto schools took part in this oral competition modeled after a "spelling bee". The first place winner was Carol Cui from the University of Toronto Schools. Second place went to Jeremy Zung, also from the University of Toronto Schools, and in third place was Ling Sang from Earl Haig Secondary School.

The winner of our local contest, Carol Cui, will take part in the 9th International Brain Bee (IBB) competition organized by the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 16 and 17 where the winners from other local University-sponsored competitions will be participating. The IBB Champion receives $3000, an all expense-paid trip for two to San Diego to attend the 2007 Society for Neuroscience Convention, an individual trophy, a traveling trophy for his/her high school, and an opportunity to work in the lab of a famous neuroscientist during the summer. There will also be prizes for the second and third place winners. In the 8 year history of the IBB, three 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 faculty members Drs. Karen Davis, Mary Pat McAndrews and Evelyn Lambe. Many thanks go to PIN graduate students Maha Adamo (Psychology), Josh Bell (IMS), Javeria Hashmi (IMS), Dina Lafoyiannis (IMS), Keri Taylor (IMS), Chris Tsang (Biochemistry) and Adelaide Yiu (IMS) for assisting with the Bee. Special thanks to Maha Adamo, Josh Bell and Javeria Hashmi 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. Also, thanks to Dee Ballyk for giving the students a tour of the Anatomy Museum. Special thanks go to Pat Reed, PIN program administrator, for her administration of the Brain Bee. We are also grateful to the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA /CIHR) for their financial support.