Brain Bee Study Resources

Format of the Competition

The Ottawa Brain Bee tries to follow a format similar to the CIHR National Brain Bee to help our winner be well prepared for the National competition. The 2018 Ottawa Brain bee will consist of Multiple Choice questions, a Neuroanatomy Bell-Ringer round, a rapid-fire multiple choice question round and a Patient Diagnosis component.

Study Guides

All the questions during the oral and multiple-choice question part of the competition will be drawn from resources listed for the National Brain Bee

Other resources from our training sessions can be found here:

  • A 13-week recommended study plan for independent study. If you start your preparation no later than Mid-December, you will be ready for the intensive review in April!
  • Neurological Disorders – a quick primer with links to full symptoms – in order to diagnose their neurological conditions, you will interview 3-5 “mock patients” who can answer “yes”, “no”, or “I don’t know”. Participants will have 4 minutes with each patient. Note: There will be 13 possible disorders to choose from: bipolar disorder, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, stroke, Tourette Syndrome, neurological AIDS, chronic pain, depression, and autism.
  • Neuroanatomy – a primer on Neuroanatomy – there will be 10 – 20 pictures of actual brain sections and participants will have to either Name or identify the Function of the indicated brain region.
  • Mock Questions – a sample of the type of multiple choice questions that will be presented in the first part of the Brain Bee.
  • Mini Video tutorial on the ACTION POTENTIAL

We recommend the following links to study neuroanatomy:
Functionality and location:

Actual images: (the National competition uses REAL brain slices – you need to know the FUNCTIONALITY and Anatomical names of each area)


Information about the National Brain Bee can be found on the official CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee site.