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UAB to screen "Twitch," documentary follows 18-year-old's journey testing for Huntington's disease

Twitch Picture Powers2014Kristen Powers, producer & star of documentary "Twitch"“Twitch,” a documentary film chronicling the emotional journey of an 18-year-old as she is tested for a degenerative genetic disease, will be screened on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham at 1 p.m. September 10 at Volker Hall, 1670 University Boulevard.

The producer and star of the film Kristen Powers will be at the screening of her movie, which follows her genetic testing for Huntington’s disease (HD), a neurological brain disorder that led to the death of her mother. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the fatal gene, which means Kristen and her younger brothers are at risk of inheriting the disease.

twitchYou are invited to experience the life-changing moment when test results are revealed as it happens on film and then joinPowers for a question and answer session following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is hosted by the School of Health Professions Genetic Counseling Program in conjunction with the School of Medicine Department of Genetics.

This is the first documentary for Powers, a junior at Stanford University, and she hopes the story will spark conversations about genetic testing, the implications of making the choice to test, as well as remove the stigma surrounding neurological diseases. She raised more than $45,000 using crowd-funding platforms to fund this film.

Powers is currently on a global tour for "Twitch." She has appeared in major news outlets like USA Today and previously spoke at TEDxTeen. Kristen is passionate about finding awesome solutions to wicked problems.