The human brain is perhaps the most complex organ nature has ever created: 100 billion nerve cells make it smarter than any supercomputer. But what happens when this complex construct no longer functions faultlessly?
A quick look at the internet shows that neurological diseases are not rare: 307 million people in the EU suffered from at least one neurological disease in 2017, which corresponds to 60 percent of the population. Until the 1970s, these conditions could be diagnosed quite accurately, but hardly treated – fortunately, that has changed to this day.
Neurological diseases are not uncommon and should be brought into focus on World Brain Day.
In order to continuously improve the quality of their medical care, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) was founded in Brussels as early as 1957 – today it represents 122 professional institutions from all regions of the world. Every 22 July – its founding day – the WFN organises World Brain Day and draws attention to a specific neurological disease. This year, multiple sclerosis is the focus of the event.
Every five minutes, a person worldwide is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – a diagnosis that changes lives. Although the symptoms of the disease of the central nervous system, which mostly manifest themselves in the form of motor and cognitive disorders and sensory disturbances, can be alleviated, but medicine cannot (yet) take action against the disease itself. With this year's World Brain Day, the WFN is therefore campaigning for affected people to be diagnosed earlier and treated better. On the WFN website, numerous videos by experts on the subject of MS are available, giving an overview of the disease and medical research worldwide. On 22 July, WFN and the MS International Federation will hold a webinar where people with MS and those interested can register and submit questions.