Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Year 10 students explore neuroscience studies

By Louise Errington

Shannon Kieran (centre) was awarded ABBC Individual Challenge Winner by Northern Territory Brain Bee Coordinator Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson (left) and Dr Isabelle Lys of CDU's School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Charles Darwin University has thrown open its doors to budding neuroscientists to help raise awareness of neurological and mental illnesses and to share the latest in the field's research.

The group comprised Year 10 students from three local high schools, who took in the sights of the CDU campus and competed in the NT Final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC).

Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research Dr Sarah Mares was a guest speaker at the event, addressing the students about the importance of the early years for healthy brain development.

"ABBC is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the brain and its functions, and find out about careers in the field," Dr Mares said.

Shannon Kieran, of Casuarina Senior College, won the Individual Challenge, while Lachlan Casburn, Rachel Morgan, Jack Hopkinson and Andrew Mackay, of Taminmin College, secured the Group Challenge title.

The day included tours of CDU's medical, pharmacy and psychology facilities.

ABBC is organised by the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland.