The AAN Foundation is commemorating its 20th anniversary with the launch of a new public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness about the need for more research to cure brain disease. More than one-in-six Americans is affected by a brain or nervous system disorder.
"Brain disease is in the news every day, and it is nearly impossible to find someone who has not had a family member or friend affected," said AAN Foundation Chair John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, FAAN.
In the last two decades, the Foundation has raised more than $16 million dollars for neurologic research. The video highlights the need to raise more support for research in the face of a diverse array of disorders—a variety that is reflected in the more than 100 accepted entries into the 2011 Neuro Film Festival. Video clips of several entries from the Foundation's annual contest were used to craft the PSA, which featured people affected by brain disease sharing their personal stories. The video is available on YouTube and also has been sent to television stations around the country asking them to add it to their broadcasts.
"There is vast research potential for finding new treatments for brain disease, but little funding to support it," said Mazziotta. "It is essential that people join us now in our fight to find a cure for brain disease by supporting the Foundation."
The Neuro Film FestivalSM competition returns for its third year to help raise awareness about the need for neurologic research into treatments and cures for brain diseases. Academy members—as well as their patients and caregivers—are eligible to submit a video at www.neurofilmfestival.com.