Multiple Sclerosis theme for World Brain Day 2021
Stop Multiple Sclerosis is the theme of this year’s World Brain Day on 22 July.
Distinguished WA neurologist, Clinical Professor William (Bill) Carroll is President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), which has partnered with Multiple Sclerosis International to deliver this message globally.
Professor Carroll, who also leads an MS clinic at Western Australia’s Perron Institute, has dedicated much of his career to raising the profile of MS research both nationally and internationally.
His own research has resulted in the publication of many scientific papers and his work with the International Progressive MS Alliance has contributed to world understanding of the progressing form of this disease. Progressive MS affects more than one million people worldwide.
MS is a disease which disrupts communication between the brain and body and causes various symptoms such as fatigue, vision and mobility problems as well as cognitive and emotional issues.
“Around the world, more than 2.8 million people of all ages live with multiple sclerosis, and every one of those people has a story, friends, family and dreams,” Professor Carroll said.
“Every five minutes, a person is diagnosed with this condition.
“There are now multiple effective treatments for MS that will stop or significantly slow down inflammation, but not everyone can access these therapies. Our aim is to improve access to these medications for those who need them.
“In Australia, we want to improve access to treatments in rural and regional areas. We also aim to highlight the importance of education, particularly in the early stages.
“WFN believes that through World Brain Day and with the help of the broader community, access to therapies for people who need them can be improved.
“Raising awareness of multiple sclerosis and its impact on the individuals who live with it, their loved ones and society will help to improve access to quality neurological care and life-changing treatments.”
World Brain Day activities will begin with a webinar on 22 July and continue until the World Congress of Neurology 3-7 October to allow time for the message to be spread further. The aim is to reach 100 million people.
Toolkits with messaging and resources are available for download on the World Federation of Neurology website.
Professor William (Bill) Carroll AM was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for outstanding service to the community, was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2020 and awarded Western Australian of the Year in the field of business and professions in 2012.
Media contact: Tennille Kroemer, Communications Manager, Perron Institute, m: 0426 044 223.