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New Jersey Teen Wins UMSOD Neuroscience Competition

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Written by Adam Zewe

The 2014 National Brain Bee culminated at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on March 15. For Adam Elliott, who was crowned champion, it was a case of mind over matter. The 10th-grade student competed against 47 high school students from across the country in the seventh annual neuroscience tournament, which was founded by Norbert Myslinski, PhD, professor in the School of Dentistry's Department of Neural and Pain Sciences.

During two days of intense competition, Brain Bee contenders were challenged to correctly diagnose neurological disorders, name parts of the human brain, analyze MRI images, examine brain tissue slides under microscopes, and answer neuroscience question for a panel of judges. Elliott, of Piscataway, N.J., won trophies, a scholarship, and a summer internship at a neuroscience lab. He will represent the United States at the 15th International Brain Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. this August, putting his knowledge of all things neurological to the test against high school students from more than 20 countries.

Myslinski established the International Brain Bee 15 years ago to test students' understanding of the human brain. The competition has grown to include 150 chapters in 30 countries on six continents. "The purpose of the competition is to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and to inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences. We need them to find cures for more than 1,000 neurological and psychological disorders, including Alzheimer's, autism and addiction," Myslinski states.


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