The impact of air pollution on neurological health will be the focus of World Brain Day, which takes place later this month. An annual activity of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), the theme of this year’s event is ‘Clean Air for Brain Health’.
Latest estimates show nine million deaths are attributable to air pollution worldwide annually. While a link between the environment and health has long been suggested, there has been increased research in this area in recent decades. Studies have suggested up to 30 per cent of stroke cases are attributable to pollution. The WFN says both neuro-developmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases have been discussed as having a potential association with polluted air. A possible link between air pollution and neuroinflammatory conditions has also been suggested.
The WFN is planning hundreds of activities around the world to mark this year's World Brain Day including seminars, media briefings and round-table discussions.
This year’s event takes place on July 22. Ahead of the event, neurologists are being encouraged to become part of the event and help to promote activities using #worldbrainday2018 and #wbd18cleanairforbrainhealth.