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.
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:
- Anatomy explorer
- Interactive 3D Brain Model – False colour but a good place to start to get to know the brain
- Digital Anatomist Project (Click on the button labelled “Click for Atlas” to see actual tissue sections)
- *Video lesson (animated) on parts of the Limbic System
Actual images: (the National competition uses REAL brain slices – you need to know the FUNCTIONALITY and Anatomical names of each area)
- Coronal Sections
- Horizontal Sections
- Neuroanatomy Tutorial – High quality images of Saggital, Coronal and Transverse sections
- Links to Saggital, Axial(horizontal) and Coronal section views
- Video analysis and explanation of actual tissue – Brain Stem and Cerebellum
- Video dissection of human brain from UBC – with descriptions of each antatomical component
- Video of Full Brain dissection (long)
- Video of Dissection and excellent description of the Meninges
- Video dissection of Cerebellum and Brain stem
- Video dissection and discussion of the Limbic System including Hypothalamus, Thalamus, Mammilary bodies, and hippocampus
- A great summary page for Neuroanatomy – contains both function and location
- Image showing where Hypothalamus is relative to Mammilary bodies
- Great Neuroanatomy Flashcard set at Quizlet
Information about the National Brain Bee can be found on the official CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee site.