The primary goal of the IBB is to motivate students to learn about the brain and to inspire them to pursue careers in neuroscience so they can help treat and find cures for brain disorders.



The Brain Bee was founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski at the University of Maryland in the United States as a neuroscience competition for high school students.


The first Brain Bee competition outside of the United States was held in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Annual Neuroscience Meeting and in partnership with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.

2008 - 2017

The IBB has grown from a grassroots effort to a successful global educational and outreach initiative, thanks to extraordinary volunteer commitments of time and resources.


In early 2018, five major organizations dedicated to brain research and education came together with the Brain Bee Founder to support the formal establishment of the IBB as a non-profit educational organization.

The central IBB organization will formally link the efforts at the local, national and international levels, and build the Brain Bee brand as a globally connected initiative.

The establishment of the IBB as a charitable organization will ensure the continued success of the Brain Bee initiative and help realize its full potential. The IBB Board will work closely with the committed network of volunteer coordinators around the world to ensure the effective implementation of the new organizational structure and continued success of the IBB globally.

Board of Directors

Dr. Jaime L. Diaz-Granados

Board Chair (APA)

Mr. Marty Saggese

Board Vice-Chair (SfN)

Ms. Kathleen Roina

Board Secretary (Dana)

Dr. Lars Kristiansen

Board Treasurer (FENS)

Dr. Norbert Myslinski

Immediate Past Chair, Founder

Dr. Linda Richards

Board Member (SfN)

Dr. Garth Fowler

Board Member (APA)

Ms. Tasia Asakawa

Board Member (IBRO)

Ms. Barbara Best

Board Member (Dana)

Dr. Patricia Gaspar

Board Member (FENS)

Dr. Maria Carrillo

Board Member (Alzheimer's Association)


Astrid Eberhart

Executive Director


Dr. Ionut Dumitru

Academic Director


Marlene Assfalg

IBB Coordinator


Florian Kohrt

IT Consultant


Tatjana Schmidt

Social Media Coordinator


IBB Interns

Emily Xiao

Website & Social Media

Antoni Klonowski

Academic Support

Viktoriia Vydzhak

Academic Support

Brain Bee Founder

Image of Dr. Norbert Myslinski

Dr. Norbert Myslinski is a member of the University of Maryland’s Department of Neural Pain Sciences in Baltimore. He has devoted his professional life to teach about the human brain around the world. He founded the Brain Bee 1998 and fostered its growth into a successful global initiative. In 2016, Dr. Myslinski was awarded the SfN Science Educator Award supported by the Dana Foundation.

Other awards include the best All-Round Student Award from high school, Distinguished Military Graduate from college, the top Founder’s Day Award for Public Service from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the Neuroscience Education Award from the Society for Neuroscience, Alumni of the Year Awards from Saint Mary’s High School and Canisius College, and Best Teacher of the Year Award. He was President of the Baltimore Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has appeared dozens of times on television and radio, and has been cited hundreds of times in the press world-wide.

The IBB Logo

The Brain Bee logo consists of a combination of a brain on the top and a bee on the bottom, reflecting the name: the brain for the main focus of the competition, and the bee for the coming together for challenging, educational competition. The stinger of the bee represents the quill or tip of a pen, the sign of intelligence and education. The two lobes of the brain also resemble the traditional symbol of the heart, symbolizing passion for our fellow man.