World Federation of Neurology

Fostering quality neurology and brain health worldwide
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The WFN’s mission is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide.

The World Federation of Neurology was formed in Brussels in 1957, as an association of neurological member societies. Today the WFN represents 123 professional societies in all regions of the world, and each society numbers its own individual member neurologists with us. The delegates, one from each member society, elect the trustees and officers during the annual Council of Delegates meeting.

The mission of the WFN, as a UK-registered charity, is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide, a goal we seek to achieve by promoting global neurological education and training, with the emphasis placed firmly on under-resourced parts of the world.

The WFN holds a biennial World Congress. Two years in preparation, the World Congress of Neurology is truly different; set apart from other neurological congresses by its rotation around the regions of the world, each with its own unique local flavour and culture. 

Education, improvement of neurologic sciences and knowledge are the main aims of the WFN. For this reason, several programs such as Junior travelling grants, departmental visits, international courses, WFN teaching centers, grants to fund local projects, and a joint CME program with the American Academy of Neurology are currently provided.

The WFN holds an annual World Brain Day commencing on the anniversary of the foundation of the WFN, July 22nd. Each year a specific neurological disease grouping is selected usually in partnership with a member of the Global Neurology Alliance and a specific programme is distributed world-wide to raise awareness and support for those afflicted by and those caring for that disease.

The WFN has a website (, social media (Facebook ⧉, Instagram ⧉, Twitter ⧉) an electronic magazine World Neurology (available on the website), and two scientific journals; the Journal of the Neurological Sciences and eNeurological Sci.

The WFN is eager to promote neurology worldwide and to improve prevention, diagnosis and management of neurological disorders for patients.

Please look out for WFN activities on the website and on social media.