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REF NO.: 119

SUBJECT: Brain Storm continues

DATE: March 19

The 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Storm competition for high school students will take place in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. Parking is available in Lot 9 beside the medical school.
The Newfoundland Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience has hosted this event since 2000 as part of Brain Awareness Week and in 2007 expanded the competition to include areas of the province outside St. John’s. Dr. John McLean, Division of BioMedical Science, has organized this event since its inception with the help of graduate students and other faculty members.
“The competition is aimed at enticing young people to learn about the issues and diseases involving the brain and to learn about the various careers available in the neurosciences,” explained Dr. McLean. “Students prepare for the competition by reading a 70-page Brain Facts booklet. A preliminary ‘in school’ competition was held in late February and the top 42 students from that competition have been invited to attend the St. John’s event.”
All competitors will receive prizes and the winner (and guardian) will receive a trip to the second Canadian Brain Bee to be held May 30 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

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