The year is 2008 and Noel Turner was announced as the 10th annual winner of the Dr. Ying Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center. His submission of the project entitled “Bridge Over Troubled Neurons” earned 16-year-old Noel, a hefty $5,000. Noel’s research also won prizes at the Brevard County Intercoastal Science Fair.

What exactly did Noel investigate? Noel took it upon himself to figure out treatments to neural system diseases and injuries. The research focused on engineering a way to manipulate neurosystem stem cells into the body to help with diseases and injuries that damage, or even kill, existing nerve cells.

This was only one of the remarkable research entries recognized at a previous year’s competition. This year is sure to bring out more amazing talent from the Central Florida community. The Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center on April 23, 2010.



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