Migraine: The Painful Truth


On July 22, join the World Federation of Neurology and International Headache Society as we share the painful truth about #migraine.


World Brain Day 2019 - On July 22, join the World Federation of Neurology and International Headache Society as we share the painful truth about #migraine.

Migraine affects one in seven people and, together with other headache disorders, and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Despite its pervasive impact, migraine continues to be vastly under-recognized, underdiagnosed and under-treated.

We hope that you and your society will be sharing the efforts for the WBD.  The chair of this activity is Professor Tissa Wijeratne.


  • Prevalence: Migraine is the most common brain disease in the world, affecting 1 in 7 people worldwide.
  • Disability: Migraine is a major, disabling disease that can severely impact every aspect of your life.
  • Education: Migraine is under-recognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated.
  • Standard of Care: Together, we can ensure those affected by migraine receive the care they need.
  • Research: Migraine receives less research funding than any of the world’s most burdensome diseases.



On 22 July 2019 at 10am EST an esteemed panel of speakers took part in a webinar discussion about the global impact of migraine.

Prof. William M Carroll
President, World Federation of Neurology (WFN)

Audrey Craven
President, Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI)

Prof. David Dodick
Immediate Past-President, International Headache Society (IHS), Chair of IHS-GPAC

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Grisold
WFN Secretary-General

Elaine C Jones MD
Director, American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Prof. Tissa Wijeratne
Chair WFN Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee

Poster: Save the Date



Migraine—The painful Truth

WBD Toolbox

Download Press release


Download World Brain Day Logo


Banner Ads

Download and share WBD 2019 banner ads on your website or publications.

download icon

120x240 web

download icon

120x240 print

download icon

250x250 web

download icon

250x250 print

download icon

480x60 web

 download icon

480x60 print

Social Media

Join WFN and IHS by helping promote World Brain Day 2019 on Migraine—The Painful Truth.

Download the WFN Social Media Promos by clicking on the link below for suggestions of how you can help.


WFN Social Media Promos





Yakkety Yak marketing
Ashley Logan, Warren Legner, Heather Budimulia
Yakkety Yak Marketing

e: worldbrainday@wfneurology.org

Mrs Jade Levy
WFN Education Project Coordinator (Jade@wfneurology.org)

Official Partners

wfn logo.png  International Headache Society logo

Prof. Tissa Wijeratne MD FRACP FRSM FAAN FAHA FRCP (Edin) FRCP (London)
Chair, WFN Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee
Senior Neurologist and Director, Stroke Unit, Neuroscience Research Unit, Movement disorders program, Headache program at Western Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Prof. David Dodick, MD, FAHS, FRCP, FACP
Immediate Past-President, International Headache Society
Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Chairman of the American Migraine Foundation
Chair of IHS-GPAC

Prof. Mohamed Wasay MBBS, FRCP
Professor of Neurology, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
WFN Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee member

Assoc. Prof. Walter Struhal MD, Prof, FEAN
Chair, WFN e-Communications Committee
Co-editor, World Neurology
Autonomic Unit, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Grisold
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna,
WFN Secretary-General