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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Brain Foundation are pleased to announce the winning entries to the 2015 Neuro Film Festival. The Neuro Film Festival is an annual contest to help raise awareness about why more research is needed to cure brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and others. GRAND PRIZE ($1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC) Awarded by a select panel of judges for the film exhibiting creativity in a technically polished presentation: “The Curse: The Bhutan Epilepsy Project” by Farrah J. Mateen, MD, Cambridge, MA, depicts the story of Karma, a boy with epilepsy in the remote, Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. RUNNER-UP PRIZE ($500 and a trip to Washington, DC) Awarded by a select panel of judges: “Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury” by Pamela Hogan, New York, NY, a profound personal portrait of Laury Sacks, an ebullient actress and doting mother with a reputation as the quickest wit in the room who, at the age of 46, began a long, inexorable descent into frontotemporal dementia. FAN FAVORITE AWARD (Online Recognition) Awarded by peers as a result of public voting on video entries: “Changing the Face of Parkinson's” by Jennifer Cody, Richardson, TX. The Grand Prize and Runner-up filmmakers received top honors and a trip to Washington, DC, to see their videos premiered during the AAN’s 67th Annual Meeting. The Fan Favorite video—voted online by the public—was shown during the AAN Annual Meeting. Sixty-five video entries about a variety of neurologic conditions were submitted to this year’s Neuro Film Festival. The collective videos received thousands of YouTube views. To view the winning entries and other video submissions, visit http://www.NeuroFilmFestival.com. The Neuro Film Festival is sponsored by PSAV® Presentation Services. The American Brain Foundation, founded by the American Academy of Neurology, is committed to funding crucial research to discover causes, improved treatments, and cures for brain and other nervous system diseases. Learn more at http://www.americanbrainfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.