WHITE PLAINS, NY – Feb. 7, 2011 – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will be hosting the 2nd annual local championship for the International Brain Bee competition on Feb. 28. The International Brain Bee is an annual, not-for-profit neuroscience competition for high school students designed to encourage them to learn about the brain and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.
“The Brain Bee gives budding neuroscientists the opportunity to test their knowledge and further pique their interest in the brain and nervous system,” said Janet Goodman, LMSW, case manager for Burke’s Brain Injury Program and coordinator for the Brain Bee in White Plains. “We need to continue to encourage these young men and women who will be the next generation of scientists seeking cures for the disabling injuries and illnesses that affect millions of Americans.”
Local Brain Bees make up the first qualifying round in the International Brain Bee competition. The winners then move on to compete in the national Brain Bee in Washington DC from March 2 to 4. The winner from the U.S. finals will go on to compete in the international championship — the location and dates of which are yet to be determined.
Burke’s Assistant Medical Director Barry Jordan, M.D., who is also director of Burke’s Brain Injury Program and its Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service, will be judging the competition along with Carolin Dohle, M.D., attending neurologist at Burke. They will quiz the students on human neuroanatomy, neuroscience, types of diagnoses and brain cell identification.
The Brain Bee will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Burke’s Rosedale conference room, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., building 4, in White Plains. For additional information or to become a contestant, contact Janet Goodman at (914) 597-2237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who will be competing at the event can study Brain Facts, which can be downloaded at brainfacts.org.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment, while research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.