Central’s Bao Places 5th at World Brain Bee

Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion poses with Central High Principal Nancy RussoJuly 15, 2016—Little Rock Central High’s Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion, recently placed fifth at the World Brain Bee Championship in Cophenhagen, Denmark. Bao competed against national champions from 26 countries.

The International Brain Bee was found 17 years ago by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, and has now expanded to 160 chapters in 40 regions in 6 continents. Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says “We build better brains to fight brain disorders.”

The Brain Bee tests a student’s knowledge of the human brain, including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, addictions, brain research and many others. The USA Championship competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis involving face-to-face interactions with patient actors, MRI brain imaging analysis, brain histology, and a final question and answer component.