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World Brain Day 2017 devoted to stroke prevention and treatment
- 20 July 2017 Online Press Conference 


"Stroke is a brain attack: Prevent it - treat it" is the motto of World Brain Day 2017 which is going to be celebrated on 22 July. This year, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) partners with the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) to take action and increase awareness on stroke prevention and treatment.

More than 17 million strokes occur globally every year, one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. With more than 6 million deaths annually stroke is the leading cause of death on a global scale. Many of the 26 million stroke survivors worldwide live with significant disabilities. 90 percent of strokes are linked to 10 risk factors which demonstrate the huge potential for prevention at populations and individual level. 

Numerous organisations around the world will mark this important event with national and local information and awareness activities and event. On a global scale, the WFN and the WSO are organising an online webinar press conference.


Prof Michael Brainin, Austria, WSO President ElectProf Stephen Davis, Australia, WSO Past PresidentTal Federman, Israel, patient advocateProf Wolfgang Grisold, Austria, WFN Secretary GeneralProf Bo Norrving, Sweden, WSO Chair Global Policy CommitteeProf Raad Shakir, UK, WFN PresidentProf Mohammed Wasay, Pakistan, WFN Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee

Online Webinar Press Conference

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12.00 UTC

View your local time here: www.timeanddate.com 

You are cordially invited to participate in this event. During the presentations, you will have the opportunity to interact live with the speaker and post questions.

In order to receive your personal invitation link to join this online event, please send your name and e-mail details to wbd2017@wfneurology.org to register. You will receive further instructions with your confirmation email. After the World Brain Day webinar, the presentations and recordings of the statements will be made available at www.wfneurology.org.



  • Facts and figures on stroke
  • ICD-11: Stroke recognised as a brain disease
  • Stroke prevention: lifestyle and environment
  • Stroke management and treatment
  • Stroke warning signs - what the public needs to know
  • Stroke advocacy - making stroke a health policy priority
  • Stroke survivors and their families - the patient's perspective



  • Prof Michael Brainin, Austria: WSO President Elect
  • Prof Stephen Davis, Australia: WSO Past President
  • Tal Federman, Israel: patient advocate
  • Prof Wolfgang Grisold, Austria: WFN Secretary General
  • Prof Bo Norrving, Sweden: WSO Chair Global Policy Committee
  • Prof Raad Shakir, UK: WFN President
  • Prof Mohammed Wasay, Pakistan: WFN Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee


WBD 2017WFN - World Brain Day Press Office

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