The neurological impact of COVID-19, biomarkers for traumatic brain injury and migraine pathophysiology are among the many topics to be discussed when thousands of the world’s brain researchers, scientists and medical professionals gather for the 25th Biennial World Congress of Neurology on October 3 through 7, 2021, presented by the World Federation of Neurology.

Originally scheduled in Rome, Italy, WCN 2021 will be entirely virtual for the first time. The conference, attended by global members of 120 WFN societies, is organized in association with The Italian Society of Neurology (SIN), an association of public and private neurology specialists, working in community, hospital and university settings. With 3,000 members, SIN is Italy’s largest association of neurologists, providing a constantly growing number of education and training activities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges never imagined for global health, and the medical community has responded to these challenges with great urgency, finding new innovations and approaches to care and launching groundbreaking research. I hope this conference serves as a beacon of hope in dark times, proving that through collaborative scientific research and concerted combined action the world can find the answers amid crisis and provide the required protection
Professor William Carroll, MB BS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E), president of the World Federation of Neurology.

Professor Gioaccino Tedeschi, president of The Italian Society of Neurology, agreed. 

Neurological pathologies represent the first cause of disability worldwide and therefore one of the priorities on which to focus the common effort. However, thanks to the national and international commitment of scientific research, the signs are encouraging, as evidenced by the good results of techniques and therapies developed in many sensitive areas, from Alzheimer's disease to stroke. The World Congress represents a fundamental opportunity for comparison and collaboration on a global level between the various neurological skills and knowledge, an opportunity for networking between specialists who can thus work in synergy to respond to the challenges common to all countries such as those we are living due to Covid 19
Professor Gioaccino Tedeschi, president of The Italian Society of Neurology


WHEN: October 3 through 7, 2021

WHERE: By video conference, via 

WHY: The World Federation of Neurology’s mission is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide. WCN 2021 brings together leading scientists and public health experts to turn research into action and emphasize the importance of brain health across the globe. 


WHAT: Key topics to be presented at WCN 2021 include: 

  • New Directions in Blood Biomarkers for Traumatic Brain Injury presented by Professor Henrik Zetterberg
  • Gene Therapy in Hereditary Neuromuscular Disease presented by Professor Francesco Muntoni
  • Lighting Up the Brain presented by Gero Miesenöck
  • Bench to Bedside, Understanding of Migraine Pathophysiology presented by Dr. Peter Goadsby 
  • Special Lecture on Neuro COVID presented by Professor Ettore Beghi
  • Brain Health Initiative: The Vital Role of the Neurologist and Advocacy – Press Conference
  • World Brain Day 2021 Recap: Multiple Sclerosis – Press Conference 


About the World Federation of Neurology

The World Federation of Neurology represents 122 member neurological societies around the globe to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide by promoting neurological education and training with an emphasis on under-resourced areas of the world. WFN supports the spread of research and clinical information in the pursuit of improvements in the field of neurology. With support from member organizations around the globe, WFN unites the world to allow patients greater access to brain health. For more information, please visit the WCN 2021 website at, find our live stream press conferences on Facebook at, on Twitter at or by searching using the tag #WCN2021.


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