News at Medicine - May 2018 - Brain Storm 2018 Hits Memorial University

Brain Storm 2018 Hits Memorial University
May 16, 2018
The university’s Faculty of Medicine hosts the 2018 provincial Brain Storm Competition
Over 35 student from across Newfoundland and Labrador faced off at the provincial Brain Storm Competition earlier this month for their chance to be named the brainiest of the bunch. The spelling bee-style competition, held at Memorial’s St. John’s campus, aims for interested students to have fun while learning about the anatomy of the brain, how it processes information, and brain diseases.

This year’s winner was Prince of Wales Collegiate student, Justine Yick, who will represent the province at the National Brain Bee competition on May 26, 2018 at McMaster University.

Melanie King from Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts placed second with Holy Heart High School student, Kati Bryson coming in third.

“The competition is important for high school students, especially students in rural areas, because it gives them an opportunity to come to Memorial University, talk to undergraduate and graduate students about the programs offered here, and to learn about the different areas of neuroscience research and career opportunities in the field,” says Dr. Jacqueline Vanderluit, associate professor of neurosciences and organizer of the Brain Storm Competition.

The winner of the national competition will represent Canada at the International Brain Bee in Berlin, Germany taking place from July 5-9, 2018.

The Brain Storm Competition is supported by the Faculty of Medicine and the Society for Neuroscience. This year’s competition was also funded by Memorial University Office of Student Recruitment, O’Neill Motors in Mount Pearl, and Faculty of Medicine graduate students.