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Report: Behaviour Conference 2017

By Isabel K:  2017 DNO Nationals, 3rd Place Winner As third placed competitor at the national round of the German Neuroscience Olympiad, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Estoril, Portugal and attended the 2017 Behaviour Conference on ethology. Therefore I said goodbye to the quite fitful summer in Germany and flew to Lisbon, a city near Estoril,  where I met Rebecca [second place Nationals winner] and Catarina Luis, one of the organizers of the DNO. The first conference...

Internship: Deep Brain Stimulation

By Julius B.:  2017 DNO-Bonn Nationals, 1st Place Winner I did an internship at the Charité in Berlin from 17th to 28th of July. There, I was able to join Prof. Kühn’s team which inquires several aspects of movement and movement disorders with a focus on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dystonia. Furthermore, I could spend time at the neurology ward observing many patients either suffering from movement disorders, stroke – both main research subjects at the Charité – Multiple Sclerosis, and...

Internship: Immunology of the eye

By Emily S.:  2017 DNO-Bonn Regionals, 1st Place Winner As another regional winner of the DNO, I could experience a student research internship which was organized by the DNO Team. Thanks to them I could stay at the “Langmann Lab”, a working group whose primary topic is the experimental immunology of the eye (a component of the CNS). The lab is located at the university hospital of cologne (Uniklinik Köln). As in most scientific labs most of the staff consists of...

Praktikum – Leibniz Institut für Altersforschung

Von Rebecca R.:  2017 DNO Nationals, 2rd Place Winner Ich durfte vom 22. bis zum 24. Mai ein sehr kurzes aber auch überaus spannendes Praktikum im Leibniz Institut für Altersforschung in Jena absolvieren. Nach den üblichen Sicherheitshinweisen am Montagmorgen konnte ich direkt am Laboralltag teilnehmen und die Präparation eines Gehirns eines Mäuse-Embryos beobachten. Die daraus extrahierten Neuronen wurden für die weitere Arbeit im Labor benötigt. Für mich war es wirklich interessant bei der Präparation, die ein hohes Maß an Präzession erforderte,...

Congratulations to Julius!

Julius Böhme is Germany’s 2017 Nationals Neuroscience Champion! Julius Böhme is a 17 years old student attending the Gymnasium “Am Sonnenberg,” Crivitz in Demen, Germany. He is also a former Deutsche SchülerAcademy student participant. As a student interested in neuroscience, he elected to participate in 7th annual Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade (DNO e.V.) competition series. DNO e.V. is a Germany-wide, non-profit platform offering neuroscience outreach and educational activities for high school students. At DNO e.V, it’s our goal to provide the next generation...

2017 World Brain Bee

Future neuroscientists from around the world met in Washington, DC this week to compete in the nineteenth World Brain Bee Championship. The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for young students, 13 to 19 years of age. It was hosted by the American Psychological Association. The International Brain Bee President and Founder is Dr. Norbert Myslinski of The University of Maryland Dental School, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences. He states that the purpose of the Brain Bee is to motivate young men and women to study...

Neuroscience Olympiad for young “Mega Minds”

Talented High School students from North-West Germany demonstrated their knowledge about the human brain in the first regional neuroscience competition hosted in the Life & Brain Center of the University of Bonn. The Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade (DNO) e. V. Bonn in collaboration with PhD students, scientists, teachers, professors, sponsors and partner organizations such as the Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE) and the Life & Brain Center, between others conducted this neuroscience Olympiad on Saturday the 1st of April, 2017. About the brain...

We are expanding!

Due to the positive feedback that we received – both from students and from their parents, since a couple of years we have been considering the option to expand, in order to give the possibility to more students to participate: this idea turned into a real plan! We started to recruit organising teams for local competitions in three additional locations: Berlin, Frankfurt and Bonn – and we would love to further expand, step-by-step, in the next years. This principle is inspired by...

New Beginnings

The non-profit organization Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade or DNO e.V. was founded in December 2015 and is currently based in Heidelberg, at the Spinal Cord Injury Center. The board consist of 8 members: Head: Ina K. Simeonova, Head: Dr. Beatrice Sandner, Treasurer: Dr. Julianne McCall, Secretary: Nathalie Tisch, Committee Member & Cash Auditor: Catarina Luís, Committee Member: Ionut Dumitru, Committee Member: Dr. Tiziana Cesetti, Committee Member: Dr. Frauke Leitner. Our purpose is educational: we aim at spreading knowledge about the brain and about the nervous...

2014 Nationals

Congratulations to the 2014 Nationals Participants! In its fourth iteration, 2014 was a record-breaking year for the German National Neuroscience Competition, held on Saturday, May 10th at Heidelberg University. Not only was this the largest program with thirty-eight student participants from all corners of the nation, but the number of schools engaged with the program exceeded 50 in the lead-up to the event, resulting in an incredibly high level of talent! The 2014 German Brain Bee Champion is Mara Schubert, a...