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22nd July – World Brain Day

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Annually the 22nd of July is observed as World Brain Day by the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) to create awareness on neurological diseases and their effects. This year’s focus is on ‘Multiple Sclerosis (MS)’, a cognitive neurological disease that leads to physical disability among people across age groups.

  • Theme of 2021 – “Stop Multiple Sclerosis”

i.Annually over 2.8million people across the world are affected by Multiple Sclerosis

ii.MS was selected as the focus of 2021 by WFN, in partnership with MS International Federation (MSIF), which received support from the American Academy of Neurology, European Academy of Neurology & World Health Organization.


  • The Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee of WFN, at the WCN Council of Delegates assembly on 22 September 2013, proposed that July 22 be celebrated as World Brain Day to create awareness on brain health.
  • First World Brain Day was observed on “22nd July 2014” 

Other Familiar Health related days:

i.International Epilepsy Day is annually observed on 8th February.

  • Theme of 2021 – “Epilepsy is more than seizures”.

ii.World Mental Health Day is annually observed on 10th October.

About World Federation of Neurology (WFN):

Established – 22 July 1957
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom