Congratulations to LRCH's Karina Bao - 2016 National Brain Bee Champion

March 21, 2016 - After three days of intense competition, the 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion is Little Rock Central High junior Karina Bao.

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers.  A record fifty-six Chapter winners from 35 states around the country competed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 18th, 19th and 20th.

Bao, who also represents the Arkansas Brain Bee Chapter, will receive a summer internship at a neuroscience lab, trophies for her school and herself, and the right to represent the United States at the Seventeenth World Brain Bee Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.

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.

Bao will now advance to the World Championship hosted this year by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, where she will compete against about 25 other champions from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and others.

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.”