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2017 Neuro Film Festival

The Winners are in!

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Neuro Film Festival! Videos were submitted by people of all ages for this year's Neuro Film Festival! Each told its own powerful story that built a strong case for why more research is needed to cure brain disease. Congratulations to the following winning submissions:

Neuroscience Is…TM 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…TM 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…TM 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…TM 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.

Thank you for the support of the Neuro Film Festival, and please help continue to help raise awareness of the importance of neuroscience!

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Participants submitted videos into one of four categories. Click to view all accepted video entries in each category.

Neuroscience Is…TM Cool

Neuroscience Is…TM Rewarding

Neuroscience Is…TM Essential

Neuroscience Is…TM Critical


What is neuroscience? Neuroscience is the study of your brain and nervous system.

Why is neuroscience research important? Brain disease affects 1 in 6 people in the United States. Increasing the understanding of the brain enables scientists to develop preventions, treatments, and cures for brain diseases such Alzheimer's disease, stroke, concussion, ALS, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and others.

What is the Neuro Film Festival? The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, presents the Neuro Film Festival to help build awareness and demonstrate the importance of neuroscience research by creating a community that supports neurologic research and inspires more young people to pursue careers in neuroscience.

Through the Neuro Film Festival video contest, the AAN aims to:

  • Get young minds thinking about the cool wonders of the brain
  • Foster students interest as they study the rewarding experience of gaining knowledge of the brain and all it does
  • Evolve this interest into robust careers in neuroscience research that is essential to finding cures and caring for patients with brain disease
  • Support the advocacy work that is critical in building awareness and research funding for brain disease


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