WHAT: The 2014 World Championship of the International Brain Bee, hosted this year by the American Psychological Association at its 122nd Convention. The IBB championship involves several competitive events including a neuroanatomy lab with real human brains, patient diagnosis with patient actors, microscopic study of brain tissue and cells and question-and-answer sessions. Topics include intelligence, emotion, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensation, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addiction and brain research.

WHO: 2014 national champions from 22 countries: Eva Wang, Australia; Eric Yoshida de Paulo, Brazil; Beatrix Wang, Canada; Yameng Zhang, China; Mara Schubert, Germany; Gayathri Muthukumar, India; Anna Pan, Italy; Ayaka Seki, Japan; Cynthia Wahito Ndegwa, Kenya; Ng Tin Wai, Macau; HwaYun Song, Korea; Nabil Husaini Mohd Kamarul Abrar, Malaysia; Avinash Singh, Nepal; Thomas Chang, New Zealand; Ihediohamma Valentine U.K., Nigeria; Kinga Panasiewicz, Poland; Dragos Casu, Romania; Al-Yasser Shaaban Kassuwi, Tanzania; Onur Ă–zdemir, Turkey; Darya Kuzmenko, Ukraine; Rahul Kondaveti, United Arab Emirates; and Sam Pinches, Wales. The U.S. champion is Adam Elliot, of Matawan, New Jersey.

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug 10: The full program provides times and locations each day of the convention.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 7, contestants will be available for interviews in room 210 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 9, awards presentation, Liberty Salons N-O-P at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

WHY: To inspire young men and women to continue their education and pursue careers in brain-related professions, according to Norbert Myslinksi, PhD, associate professor at the University of Maryland and IBB founding director.

BACKGROUND: The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and has 150 chapters in 30 countries on six continents. Local coordinators conduct contests each year with winners competing in a national brain bee. The IBB is a non-profit program of Mankind for International Neuroscience Development Inc. (MIND Inc.), based in Baltimore.

Contact: Norbert Myslinski at 410-418-8982 (work), 410-274-4998 (cell), [email protected]

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