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The Irvine Brain Bee is hosted by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine and is organized by a committee led by Manuella Yassa, Director of Outreach and Education. The goal of the Irvine Brain Bee is to inspire high school students in Orange County to learn about the brain and provide opportunities for engagement with university students and professors. Upon registration, Brain Bee participants will be matched with a mentor who will guide the student as he/she prepares for the competition. All Irvine Brain Bee competitors will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and review sessions at UC Irvine in preparation for the competition.

The 2020 Irvine Brain Bee Competition will take place in February 2020 on the UC Irvine campus. In addition to the competition itself, the day will include neuroscience demonstrations and hands-on activities as well as panel discussions and a keynote lecture. The competition is 100% free for students.

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The Irvine Brain Bee would not be possible without the support of our headlining sponsor, The Allergan Foundation.  Click to learn more.

2019 Keynote Lecture

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David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Dr. Reinkensmeyer is a Faculty Fellow of the UC Irvine CNLM and a Professor in both the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Reinkensmeyer received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a professor at UC Irvine since 1998.

As director of the Biorobotics Laboratory, Dr. Reinkensmeyer aims to develop technologies that, through repetitive training and exercise, enhance human movement, motor learning and rehabilitation, allowing individuals with disabilities to move again.

All registered Irvine Brain Bee participants and their parents will be invited to attend the Keynote Lecture.

2019 Competition Judges

Bryce Mander, Ph.D.

Dr. Mander is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UC Irvine and Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. His research is focused on understanding the role of sleep in cognitive function and overall brain health across the human lifespan in both healthy populations and in people at risk for neurodegenerative disease.

Susana Cohen-Cory, Ph.D.

Dr. Cohen-Cory is Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at UC Irvine and Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Her research focuses on understanding how the neurons in the nervous system become connected during development using in-vivo imaging.

Michael Yassa, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Yassa is Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory as well as the UCI Brain Initiative. His research is interested in how the brain learns and remembers information and how learning and memory changes in the course of aging and neuropsychiatric disease.

Lulu Chen, Ph.D.

Dr. Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the development of synapses (the connections between the neurons).