Ottawa grade 9 student first Canadian to win neuroscience world championship

A grade 9 student from Ottawa has the distinction of being the first Canadian to win a neuroscience world championship.

Helene Li from Ottawa competed against 30 students from six continents over eight days of tests and question-and-answer rounds to become the 2022 International Brain Bee World Champion, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced in a statement to CanIndia News. The Brain Bee is the world’s premier neuroscience competition for teenagers.

Li, a student from Merivale High School, won the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee competition in May before going on to the international championship held on July 2-9, hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. As the first-place winner, she took home US $3,000 and a full scholarship for her 2023 neuroscience Internship at Carleton University.

Li’s accomplishments are that much more impressive, as she had to study during a three-day power outage prior to the Canadian competition and a nation-wide internet outage on the day of the live judging, said CIHR.

Li is excited to celebrate World Brain Day, now in its 65th year, tomorrow (July 22).

Photo: Courtesy SfN, Ottawa Chapter



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