Contestants have 20 seconds to answer each question, all of which involve the human brain and nervous system. Participants are eliminated from the contest after three wrong answers. This year it took about 40 minutes to determine a winner.
"This is a great way to reach out to the community and at the same time shed light on opportunities here," said Boehm, who noted that neuroscience is growing within Indiana's burgeoning life sciences industry. More young people need to develop an interest in how the human brain works, he said, even when it comes to basic behavior.
"These are things we want to try to understand," Boehm said. "It's an important area of research. We're going to need new and bright minds trained in the discipline, who can then replace us and continue making important advances and finding new cures that have eluded us."
For more information on IUPUI's neuroscience program, visit the website at science.iupui.edu.