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Australian Brain Bee Winner Creates an International Buzz

6 Aug 2012

International Brain Bee winner

2012 IBB winner, Teresa Tang

ADInstruments congratulates Teresa Tang, the 2011 Australian Brain Bee Champion who has won the 2012 International Brain Bee (IBB). ADInstruments, a sponsor of the Australian Brain Bee competition, was proud to provide Teresa with the prize money for the trip to the international conference, held July 22-26 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

"It was fantastic that Australia won the International Brain Bee this year and also great that New Zealand came third – last year, we narrowly missed out by half a point! These students are the scientists of the future, and it is wonderful that they have this opportunity to compete in an international competition that is all about their intellectual attributes, rather than the physical prowess that is currently being celebrated."

Professor Vaughan Macefield
NSW State Coordinator for the Australian Brain Bee Challenge

Teresa competed against a record number of participants from 15 other countries including Romania, New Zealand; United States; India, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Germany and Singapore.

The participant’s neuroscience knowledge was tested in various ways including oral tests, a neuroanatomy laboratory exam with human brains, a neurohistology test with tissue specimens and microscopes, and a patient diagnosis component with student actors.

As well as taking part in the competitions, participants at IBB were given a unique opportunity to learn about latest research in brain research through a series of lectures and activities conducted by some of the world’s top scientists specializing in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.

The Brain Bee, hosted by the International Congress of Psychology, is designed to motivate youth to learn about the human brain and inspire them to consider careers in neuroscience, psychology, neurology and related fields.

Prof Macefield, a world expert in recording the firing properties of human sympathetic neurones in health and disease, uses ADInstruments equipment in his research and teaching, “I have been using PowerLab (and MacLab) data acquisition and LabChart data analysis systems in my lab since 1994, and now use LabTutor to teach human physiology to medical students. It seemed an obvious choice to me to ask whether ADInstruments would be willing to support the scientists of tomorrow.”

More information about the International Brain Bee can be viewed at http://www.internationalbrainbee.com/

By Matthew Goddard

Science Manager

Researcher, Dad and motorbike racer.