Preparing for the Ottawa Brain Bee

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 2017 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 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.
  • *NEW* - 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)

All participants must print and sign the following forms and bring them to the event in order to participate: (if you are under 18, a parent must also sign):

Ottawa Brain Bee 2017 Photo and Video Release form

Ottawa Brain Bee 2017 Participant Permission form

Ottawa Brain Bee 2017 Registration form - Registration must be submitted in person, with a refundable registration fee of $20 by April 26th.

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

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