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Future Neuroscientists to Compete in International Brain Bee

Future neuroscientists and neurologists from around the world will be meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark to compete in the 18th World Championship of the International Brain Bee (IBB) from July 1 to 6, 2016.

The IBB is a neuroscience competition for students, 13 to 19 years of age and is comprised of over 170 chapters worldwide. This year’s World Championship will be hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. The IBB competition is comprised of three tiers. The winners of the local chapter competitions then advance to regional championships. The regional winners then represent their regions in the International World Championship.

This year, a record 26 regions will be represented. The students are tested on their knowledge of the human brain including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensation, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, addictions and brain research. The competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory component, a neurohistology component, a patient diagnosis component and oral and written sections.

“The purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young men and women to study the brain and to inspire them to consider careers in the basic and clinical neurosciences,” said Dr. Norbert Myslinski, president and founder of the IBB. “We need them to treat and find cures for more than 1000 neurological and psychological disorders.”

The winner will receive $3000, a trophy and the right to represent the Brain Bee around the world. For more information, visit

The regions and their representative competitors at the 2016 IBB are:
Australia: Onur Tanglay
Brazil: Lorrayne Isidoro Gonçalves
Canada: Nooran AbuMazen
China: Zichen Tian
Egypt: Omar Ahmad Ahmad Abd Al-Aal
England: Megumi Sano
Germany: Friedrich Schwarz
Grenada: Nicia John
India: Vaibhav Bajaj
Iran: Shayan Bagher Baragoori
Israel: Tamir Vultz
Italy: Chiara Di Censo
Japan: Yumeka Hirayama
Korea (South): Ji Yun Park
Macau: Lao Ian Hou
Malaysia: Benjamin Wong Yi Ren
Nepal: Suraj kumar  Yadav
New Zealand: Matthew Z.M Fulton
Nigeria: Precious Tochukwu Okorafor
Poland: Jeremi Chabros
Qatar: Raya Makarim Penantian
Romania: Ana Ghenciulescu
Taiwan: Flora Ho
Ukraine: Daria Barbash
United Arab Emirates: Prijith Babu Pradeep
United States: Karina Bao

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