La Jolla students to compete in Brain Bee

Forty-nine students from 24 local high schools will compete in the San Diego Regional Brain Bee on Jan. 29 at The Neurosciences Institute.

Among them are Milan Halgren and Haziq Siddiqi from La Jolla High, Jack Cassou and Andrew Cross of La Jolla Country Day, Tina Huang and Kamran Jamil of The Bishops’ School and Bryan Gonzalez of UCSD Preuss School.

They will be quizzed about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and neurological disorders,

such as drug addiction, Alzheimer's disease and stroke. The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate, trophy, and airfare and hotel for two with an invitation to the National Brain Bee in March.

Dr. Nicholas Spitzer, a UCSD biology professor, will act as host of the competition. At the close of the final round, an informal social mixer will be held to give the students the opportunity to mingle with local research scientists, graduate and undergraduate students.

The Neurosciences Institute is at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Parking is free and the public is welcome to attend and encourage the participants in this friendly competition.

The Brain Bee is sponsored by Life Technologies Foundation, the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, Dorris Neuroscience Center, The Neurosciences Institute, and the San Diego Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

For more information contact Debbie Honeycutt at (858) 626)-2020 or at




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