2017 Neuro Film Festival Grand Prize Winners Announced

Entries Highlight the Profound Personal Impact of Neurology

Minneapolis – The Neuro Film Festival, presented by the American Academy of Neurology, announced today the Grand Prize winners of its 8th annual online video contest. The festival encourages those affected by a brain disease to share their story, aims to raise awareness for the need to support neurologic research, and hopes to inspire more people to pursue careers in neuroscience. This year, the Neuro Film Festival introduced four submission categories to expand its mission and inspire more people to tell their stories. The categories encouraged children (Neuroscience Is…™ Cool), students and residents of neurology (Neuroscience Is…™ Rewarding), patients and caregivers (Neuroscience Is…™ Essential), and advocates for brain disease research (Neuroscience Is…™ Critical) to share why neuroscience is important or interesting to them. The festival received over 57 submissions across the four categories. Four Grand Prize winners, one from each category, were selected by a jury of physicians. Each winner receives $1,000. Neuroscience Is…™ Cool (Only open to kids ages 13-17) Nancy Khuc for “Neuroscience is Cool!” When Nancy’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she wanted to know why he could not recognize his children, but could recite Vietnamese poems by heart. She was inspired, and now plans to learn as much as she can about the brain. Neuroscience Is…™ Rewarding Gianluca Di Maria for “The Brain Scientist: Neuroscience is Rewarding.” Following a neurologist in the clinic and a neuroscientist in the lab, this video highlights the challenging but rewarding nature of a career in neuroscience. Neuroscience Is…™ Essential William T. Doorley for “Work in Progress: The Remarkable Journey of Dr. Warden.” Dr. Deborah Warden, a neurologist, is living with primary lateral sclerosis (PLS). Her experience as a physician has helped her accept her diagnosis and coexist with it. Neuroscience Is…™ Critical Meghan Tucker for “BethAnn Telford World Marathon Challenge.” BethAnn Telford, a brain cancer survivor, ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. For BethAnn, advocacy is critical to finding a cure. All of the 2017 entries can be seen on the Neuro Film Festival YouTube channel. The entries cover a wide range of neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke and epilepsy. To learn more about neurologic disorders, visit

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 34,000 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.

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