Foundation Aims to Raise Awareness of Brain
FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One in six people in the
United States is affected by a brain disease such as stroke,
dementia, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis, and more research is
required to find new treatments, says the American Academy of
To mark its 20th anniversary, the foundation has released a
video public service announcement to raise awareness about the need
for ongoing research.
"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 by one of the many forms of brain disease that attack the brain and nervous system," Dr. John Mazziotta, chair of the foundation's board of trustees and professor and chair of the Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an AAN news release.
"People are also concerned they, or their family members, will become affected by brain disease directly," he added.
The new public service announcement, posted on YouTube, was
created using clips from some of the more than 100 accepted entries
into the 2011 Neuro Film Festival. The annual contest is hosted by
the foundation and features videos from people affected by brain
"There is vast research potential for finding new treatments for brain disease, but limited funding to support it," Mazziotta said.
According to the news release, the foundation, which supports
research into finding cures for brain diseases, has raised more
than $16 million to fund such efforts to help battle stroke (the
third leading cause of death in the United States) and Alzheimer's
disease (the sixth leading cause of death in the country).
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
has more about the
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