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2016 Neuro Film Festival winners announced

American Academy of Neurology

MINNEAPOLIS - The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is pleased to announce the winning entries to the 2016 Neuro Film Festival. The Neuro Film Festival is an annual contest to help raise awareness about why more research is needed to cure brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and others.

GRAND PRIZE ($1,000) and FAN FAVORITE AWARD (Online Recognition)

Sigurdur Johannesson for his moving documentary "Human Timebombs," which looks into the life of Sunna Valdis, a nine-year-old girl in Reykjavik, Iceland, and other children from around the world with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC), a rare neurological disorder caused by a mutation in the gene ATP1A3.

RUNNER-UP PRIZE ($500)

Katie Brandt for "Love is Out There: A Story of Love, Loss, and Resilience in the Face of Frontotemporal Dementia," a very personal and touching account of the loss of her husband, Mike, to this vicious disease resulting in the hope of raising awareness about this rare disorder to help other families navigate the struggle of caring for a loved one with FTD.

The 2016 Neuro Film Festival received 66 video entries about a variety of neurologic conditions. The collective videos received thousands of YouTube views. To view the winning entries and other video submissions, visit http://www.NeuroFilmFestival.com.

The 7th Annual Neuro Film Festival is presented by the American Academy of Neurology.

The American Academy of Neurology, the world's largest association of 30,000 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 Alzheimer's disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.

For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit http://www.aan.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

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