Las Vegas’ Smartest High School Students Competing in Neuroscience Competition

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High School students and future neuroscientists from around the Las Vegas area will be meeting at UNLV campus to compete in the inaugural Las Vegas Local Brain Bee Championship on February 22, 2014. The winner will represent Las Vegas in the National Brain Bee competition held at the University of Maryland in March and possibly the International Brain Bee competition in Washington DC later in the year.

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The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students, 13 to 19 years of age. The competition has three tiers. Worldwide there are about 150 local competitions, each one involving many schools. The winners of the local competitions then compete in their respective national championships. The national winners then go on to represent their countries in the International Championship. They 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 oral tests, a neuroanatomy laboratory exam, a neurohistology test, and a patient diagnosis component. Sample questions include: What kind of molecules are semaphorin, ephrin, neuropilin and plexin? Sonic hedgehog is important for the development of what part of the nervous system? What is the medical term for when you start dreaming before you fall asleep? Stargazer mice are experimental models for which type of epilepsy? The national winner will receive $3000, a trophy, and the right to represent the Brain Bee around the world.

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. We need them to treat and find cures for the 1000 top neurological and psychological disorders that currently plague the world. We encourage neuroscientists, health professionals, and educators in the Las Vegas area to help support the Las Vegas Brain Bee competition. It is easy and fun and the media loves it. Visit or call 702-882-3323 for more information. Or Like us on Facebook at:

The Las Vegas organizing committee is headed by Dr. Jefferson Kinney (jefferson.kinney(at)unlv(dot)edu), Director of the UNLV Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory and Clifford Jordan (clifford.jordan(at)matrixfrontier(dot)com), CIO of Matrix Frontier LLC, a Predictive Analytics company and the Nevada Brain Bee Association. The International Brain Bee President and Founder is Dr. Norbert Myslinski (nmyslinski(at)umaryland(dot)edu) of The University of Maryland Dental School Department of Neural and Pain Sciences.

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