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. The schedule for the 2-hour Brain Bee Prep sessions and 3-hour Intensive Reviews in 2018 is as follows:

Session 1: Saturday, January 13th 1-3pm
Session 2: Saturday, January 27th 1-3pm – Backyard Brains demo 3-4pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 10th, 1-3pm
Session 4: Saturday, February 24th, 1-3pm
Session 5: Saturday, March 10th, 1-3pm
Session 6: Saturday, March 24th, 1-3pm
Intensive Review 1: Saturday, March 31st 1-4pm
Intensive Review 2: Saturday, April 7th 1-4pm
Intensive Review 3: Saturday, April 14th, 1-4pm
Intensive Review 4:Saturday, April 21st, 1-4pm

We are currently awaiting a new room assignment and will post updates here as well as notify those registered. Please make sure you SIGN UP for these sessions so you can get email updates about session content and any changes.  We email out reminders the Wednesday before each session.

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.