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AAN Event: Highlights from the second annual Brain Health Fair for patients and caregivers.
On Saturday, April 21, the American Brain Foundation—formerly the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation—hosted its second annual Brain Health Fair, a free, day-long event connecting patients, families, and caregivers affected by a neurologic disorder with important resources to battle brain disease (BrainHealthFair.com).
The event was held on the opening day of the 64th Annual Meeting of the AAN, which brought thousands of neurologists to New Orleans. The Brain Health Fair also coincided with the start of “Brain Health Awareness Week,” as declared by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
As part of the keynote address, the Foundation presented Steve Gleason with a National Achievement Award for his extraordinary efforts to increase awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). A former professional football player, Gleason made history for the New Orleans Saints when he blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 that led to the Saints’ first touchdown at home since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. In 2011, Gleason revealed that he had been diagnosed with ALS. (Go to neurologynow.com to watch the keynote speech video.)
Attendees of the Brain Health Fair had the opportunity to attend free classes taught by leading neurologists about the latest research advances in Alzheimer's disease, autism, brain injuries, epilepsy, headaches, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, stroke, and other types of neurologic disease. Neurology Now was one of the many sponsors of the event, where Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robin Brey was on hand to answer questions and chat with readers of the magazine. (Go to neurologynow.com to watch a video interview with Dr. Brey.)