Brain Bee

The Brain Bee competition is a live trivia challenge to determine who is the "best brain" on such topics as intelligence, memory, emotions, movement, stress, aging, and sleep.

The competition is open to grade 10-12 students and all Edmonton-area high schools are invited to participate. Prizes and trophies are awarded to the top three students. The top student from the competition is sent to the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee competition and receives a one-month paid internship in an NMHI member’s research laboratory.

The Brain Bee promotes awareness and interest in neuroscience within Edmonton high schools and the general community and provides an excellent opportunity for local high school students to engage in research at a university level and compete at a local and possibly national level. All questions for the Edmonton competition will be drawn from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain

The Brain Bee is organized by the Neuroscience Graduation Students’ Association (NGSA). 

2019 Edmonton Brain Bee will be held April 4, 2019

2018 Brain Bee Winner

Qin Tong Wu is the 2018 winner of the University of Alberta Edmonton Brain Bee competition.














Featured in photo: Dr. Yves Sauve (right), Guest Judge, Director of Research Dept of Opthamology and Visual Sciences, and Saad Yousuf (left), Head Judge, PhD Candidate at the NMHI.


The following laboratories have hosted Brain Bee winners:

  • 2017 - Dr. Dave Bennett's laboratory examines the the spinal cord after injury, with the objective of trying to understand and enhance recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury.

  • 2015 - Dr. Christine Webber examines the role of dorsal root ganglion neutrons in regeneration following injury as well as how they are involved with neuropathic pain.

  • 2014 - Dr. Elena Posse de Chaves studies the role of lipids and isoprenoids in the neuro-degeneration in Alzheimer's disease. 

  • 2013 - Dr. Klaus Ballanyi uses calcium imaging to analyze neuron-glia interactions that may lead to several neurological diseases like cerebral palsy or neuropathic pain. 

  • 2012 - Dr. Bradley Kerr examines cellular mechanisms that generate neuropathic pain in patients after spinal cord injury or in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. 

  • 2011 - Dr. Dave Collins is developing better ways to use neruomuscular electrical stimulations for rehabilitation after a stroke or spinal cord injury. 

  • 2010 - Dr. Sanjay Kalra uses high field magnetic resonance spectroscopy to understand the pathology and progress of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  

  • 2009 - Dr. Jonathan Norton investigates the physiology of the spinal cord using sensory stimuli to learn how scoliosis can impact physiology.