Burke Rehabilitation Center Celebrates Winners of the 4th Annual Brain Bee Competition

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Westchester County high school students gathered for a chance to test their knowledge of the brain and nervous system.

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Brain Injury Director Justin Hill, M.D., spoke with Brain Bee regional finalists about his role at Burke.

The Brain Bee is one of many events Burke has planned to commemorate its centennial anniversary. Westchester County residents will be invited to the Burke campus throughout the year for various events to celebrate its 100 years in rehabilitation.

On February 11, Burke Rehabilitation Center hosted the 4th Annual Brain Bee Competition for local Westchester County high school students. Burke holds this event every year as a way to inspire budding scientists to pursue careers in neurological research.

The Brain Bee is just one of many events Burke has planned to commemorate its centennial anniversary this year. Westchester County residents will be invited to the Burke campus throughout the year for various events to celebrate 100 years in rehabilitation research and excellence.

“We are very proud of the students who participated in this year’s Brain Bee competition. The event is a great opportunity for young people to test their knowledge of neurology and we hope it inspires them to build on what they are learning in school and pursue careers in the field," said Janet Goodman, LMSW, case manager for Burke’s Brain Injury Program and coordinator for the Brain Bee in Westchester.

The competition is presented in a question-and-answer style format designed to challenge students on their knowledge of neuroscience and the inner-workings of the brain. At the event, Burke physical and occupational therapists read students the questions in 10 rounds with 10 questions each.

Justin Hill, M.D., spoke with students about his role at Burke. As director of the brain injury program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Hill leads a team of nurses, therapists and other specialists in treating various forms of brain trauma from brain tumors to skull fractures and hemorrhages. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and gain invaluable insight into the life of a real neurologist.

Alice Xue of Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, NY, Meenu Johnkutty of Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains, NY and Emily Xue of Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, NY walked away from the competition with first, second and third place finishes respectively. The students were awarded scholarships of $500, $300 and $200. The Brain Bee winner will take part in the national competition held in March, where she will compete against other regional winners from across the United States. Henri Wang of Rye Neck, Harshal Shet of Archbishop Sepinac High School, Amanda Sati of Good Counsel Academy and Megan Bartley of Fox Lane High School all proved to be stiff competition in this year’s contest.

Burke’s centennial events continue after the Brain Bee with a monthly lecture series on the first Monday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Centennial Lobby Exhibit in the Wood Pavilion and on May 3, Burke will host the annual Heels and Wheels 5K race on campus. All are welcome to race regardless of ability. For more information on Centennial events, please visit burke.org/100years.

About Burke
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. The hospital is part of Burke Rehabilitation Center, which also includes Burke Medical Research Institute and Burke’s Outpatient Division.

Burke’s world-renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center, please visit burke.org.

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