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TORONTO – The American Academy of Neurology Foundation is pleased to announce the winning entries for the 2010 Neuro Film Festival, a new contest to raise awareness through video about the need to for more money to support research into the prevention, treatment and cure of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, autism, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. FILMMAKER PRIZE ($1,000): Awarded for the film exhibiting creativity in a technically polished presentation. Tracking Evan: Caring, By the Numbers by Peter von Elling of Falls Church, Virginia. STORYTELLER PRIZE ($500): Awarded for the film exhibiting a high degree of originality. CJD, A Personal Story by Shenly Glenn of San Francisco, California. FAN FAVORITE PRIZE ($500): Chosen by the public, via online ratings. Tracking Evan: Caring, By the Numbers by Peter von Elling of Falls Church, Virginia. The winning films are being screened at the Neuro Film Festival in Toronto during Stop Brain Disorders Week beginning Sunday, April 10, 2010, in conjunction with the Academy’s 62nd Annual Meeting, which is the world’s largest meeting of neurologists. More than 65 video entries were submitted to the Neuro Film Festival on a wide variety of neurologic conditions. Each filmmaker was required to include the phrase “Let’s put our brains together and support brain research,” in their videos to help raise awareness about brain disorders and the need to support research into preventions, treatments and cures. “On behalf of the AAN Foundation, we would like to thank everyone for their personal and heartfelt stories,” said Christine E. Phelps, Deputy Executive Director of the AAN Foundation. “Because of your help, we’re able to raise awareness about the need for more money for brain research.” To donate to brain research through the American Academy of Neurology Foundation, visit http://www.buyabrain.org. The Neuro Film Festival is sponsored by PSAV® Presentation Services. The American Academy of Neurology Foundation (AAN Foundation) raises money to support vital research into the prevention, treatment and cure of brain disorders. The AAN Foundation is committed to improving patient care, quality of life and public understanding of the brain and other neurologic disorders.
The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 22,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, 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 stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Foundation, visit http://www.aan.com.