London Brain Bee 2019 encourages next generation of neuroscientists

For more than 40 years, some of Western University’s most internationally recognized research has come from the field of neuroscience research. A special event, later this spring, aims to encourage and foster the next generation of neuroscientists as Western hosts the London Brain Bee on Saturday, April 13.

Part of a worldwide initiative, the London Brain Bee is open to students in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 from high schools in and around London, Ontario. The winner of the London Brain Bee will advance to the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee Championship at McMaster in May and the national winner will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee competition, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea this year.

Huai-Ying (Ingrid) Huang, last year’s London Brain Bee winner, won the 2018 national Brain Bee competition and placed third in the international competition.

Graduate students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the Faculty of Science and the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology are volunteering for the London Brain Bee, and the event will also feature representation from Western’s Brain and Mind Institute and BrainsCAN – Western’s $66M Canada First Research Excellence Fund program in cognitive neuroscience.

The London Brain Bee competition, which is free for participants, will be held at the new Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB). Students, will explore a real human brain specimen during the competition and compete individually by answering questions based on an introductory Neuroscience Booklet.

To register and download the free Neuroscience Booklet, please visit

Every registered participant receives a Brain Bee T-shirt and the first, second and third place winners will be awarded trophies.

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