Proud to represent Canada’s brain power

WATERLOO — Nooran AbuMazen’s summer plans include studying brain slices, working in an anatomy laboratory and brushing up on the latest neuroscience research. Not your typical teenaged summer job. But AbuMazen, 17, is hardly your typical teenager. On Wednesday, she and her mother flew to Copenhagen, where she’ll be Canada’s representative at an international “brain bee” competition judged by a panel of neuroscientists. AbuMazen, who graduated from Waterloo Collegiate Institute this month, will face off against students from around the world in a battle of all things related to brain science — including memory, emotions, brain imaging, neurology, genetics and diseases. In May, she won the Canadian National Brain Bee championship at McMaster University in Hamilton, competing against some of the brightest teenagers across the country in a test of…


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