BrainBee@USM started initially in Kelantan, Malaysia in 2010 with supportive funding from the USM BJIM Grant and Knowledge Transfer Program (KTP) grant from Ministry of Education. This neuroscience competition for secondary students is in conjunction with the International Brain Bee (IBB). From only opened exclusively for the pioneering USM Neuroscience Club members (namely SMS Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra), BrainBee@USM had reached to a wider audience with new collaborations from 13 other universities in Malaysia and became known as Malaysian Brain Bee Challenge (MBBC).
To date, MBBC had successfully crowned 7 National champions in 2012 (to IBB Cape Town, South Africa), 2013 (to IBB Vienna, Austria), 2014 (to Washington, D.C., USA), 2015 (to Cairns, Australia), 2016 (to Copenhagen, Denmark), 2017 (to Washington, D.C., USA) and 2018 (to Berlin, Germany). Since 2016, MBBC also received full support from the largest national professional society, Malaysian Society of Neurosciences(MSN) under the tutelage of the Basic Neuroscience Council (BNC).
BrainBee@USM also conducted neuroscience competition for primary school students (MBBC JUNIOR) since 2015 at national level involving 5 other universities in Malaysia. This is to expose students in their young and tender age about brain and nervous system, and exciting careers in neuroscience.
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