Sano wins the 2020 France Brain Bee compétition
Thirty-five students from several cities in France competed in the 2020 France Brain Bee, a national neuroscience competition where students are tested on their knowledge of the brain. Matsuko Sano finished in 1st place, while Carole Hosono and Theo Damiati placed in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Sano was homeschooled while Hosono and Damiati were students at Lycée Louis Le Grande. All three were in their last year in high school.
“My two favorite sections were patient diagnosis and neurohistology. Drawing information from a patient’s history and ordering relevant tests to give a diagnosis gave me the opportunity to put myself in the shoes of a neurologist, and allowed me to appreciate some of the complexities of the medical profession.”
The Paris Brain Institute (ICM) hosted and sponsored the event in collaboration with Gifted in France, a not-for-profit association based in Paris. The competition was originally scheduled to take place at ICM on 21 March with 50 students who signed up from multiple schools across France. However, due to the national lockdown, which went into effect just a week before the competition, everything was put on hold as the country came to a standstill.
However, in May, ICM team began reorganizing the event as on online competition. The team wanted to give registered students, who had studied hard for the competition, a chance to show off their knowledge.
“The pandemic forced us to cancel the event that was supposed to bring together the various participants at the Paris Brain Institute,” said ICM. “Together with the institute’s team (researchers, volunteer students, pedagogical team), we worked for weeks from a distance to transform the written and oral competition into a digital version. The challenge was to make sure that we kept the same level of difficulty, and that the competition was accessible to everyone, at the same time and without computer bugs.”
ICM’s efforts paid off. On Friday 5 June, 35 students joined the online event connecting from their homes in Paris, Sceaux, Cusset, Colomiers, Lacaugne, Saubens, Gannat, Vichy, Abrest, Vendat, Crosne and Maisons-Alfort.
Meet our 2020 France Brain Bee competitors, click here
Congratulations team, you did an amazing job! We’re so proud of you!