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NEUROLOGY NEWS: Win up to $1,000 and a trip to the 2011 Neuro Film Festival in Hawaii!

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Have you or a loved one been affected by a neurologic disorder? Do you have a story to share? Then submit a short video to the 2011 Neuro Film Festival at neurofilmfestival.com.

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The second annual Neuro Film Festival, presented by the American Academy of Foundation (AAN), aims to raise awareness about the need to fund research into the prevention, treatment, and cure of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, autism, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Winners of the 2011 Neuro Film Festival could win up to $1,000 and a chance to attend the Neuro Film Festival in Hawaii on April 10, 2011, in conjunction with the AAN's 63rd Annual Meeting, which is the world's largest meeting of neurologists.

Last year's event was the first of its kind. PSAV® Presentation Services, the 2010 sponsor, created an exciting, Oscar-themed atmosphere for a full house of neurologists, patients, and advocates.

“The 2010 Neuro Film Festival exceeded our expectations, with more than 65 videos accepted into the contest,” says Christine E. Phelps, deputy executive director of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation. “Because of the compelling and heartfelt stories submitted to the Neuro Film Festival, we're able to raise awareness about the need to donate to the American Academy of Neurology Foundation to support research, which may ultimately lead to treatments or cures for hundreds of devastating brain disorders.”

All of the films submitted to the 2010 contest are moving expressions of the toll that neurologic disorders take on individuals and families—and the courage with which people face these disorders. You can view the entries on the Neuro Film Festival's YouTube channel, youtube.com/neurofilmfest.

Tracking Evan, a 2010 winner, offers an inside look at how one family coped with their son's tuberous sclerosis and epilepsy by creating an online tool for logging seizures and medications. CJD, another 2010 winner, shares the experiences of a California physician whose wife developed Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a rare brain disease that causes dementia and other neurologic symptoms.

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Video submissions to the Neuro Film Festival should be made at neurofilmfestival.com by February 15, 2011. Videos should be no more than five minutes in length. Each film must include the phrase, “Let's put our brains together to support brain research. Visit www.neurofilmfestival.com.”

A complete list of contest rules and a video showing how to submit to the Neuro Film Festival is available at neurofilmfestival.com, on the Neuro Film Festival's YouTube channel, and via the Neuro Film Festival page on Facebook®.

©2010 American Academy of Neurology

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