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Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Neuro Film Festival
MINNEAPOLIS – The 2018 Neuro Film Festival, presented by the American Academy of Neurology, is now accepting video submissions. The Neuro Film Festival, now in its ninth year, is an online video contest that encourages people to share their story about how brain disease has impacted their life or that of a loved one, how they have advocated for brain disease research, or simply why they are fascinated by the wonders of the brain. The deadline to enter a video into the Neuro Film Festival is March 2, 2018. The Neuro Film Festival aims to build awareness for neuroscience research, demonstrate its importance, and inspire young people to pursue careers in neuroscience. The festival has four categories, giving entrants four chances to win. The categories offer everyone impacted by brain disease the opportunity to share their story, from young minds to medical students to patients to professionals. One Grand Prize winning video from each of the following categories will receive $1,000. The four categories include: • "Why I Think Neuroscience Is…™ Cool"—Tell us why the brain is fascinating (for students ages 13-17 only) • "Why I Think Neuroscience Is…™ Rewarding"—Tell us how discovery opens doors (for college students, medical school students, neurology residents) • "Why I Think Neuroscience Is…™ Essential"—Tell us why research is important (for families, patients, neurologists) • "Why I Think Neuroscience Is…™ Critical"—Tell us why advocacy makes an impact (for advocates, neurologists, neurology professionals, government, patient groups, families) Videos should be no more than five minutes long, and must include the category phrase somewhere in the video. Visit www.neurofilmfestival.com to view topic ideas within each category, to read contest rules and to submit your video. “With one in six people in the United States being affected by brain disease, it is more important than ever that we increase our understanding of the brain,” said Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Neurology. “Please share your story, or that of a loved one, and help us raise awareness of the critical need for more research focused on brain disorders such Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, autism, concussion, epilepsy, ALS and stroke.” Since the festival began, over 500 videos have been submitted, which have collectively received over 153,000 views on YouTube.
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.