1 in 6 of us
has a neurological condition
1 in 5 deaths
is due to a neurological condition
800,000 hospital admissions
every year result from neurological problems

Neurological conditions include everything from sudden onset conditions such as stroke or traumatic brain injury; to progressive, degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease; and intermittent conditions such as epilepsy and headache disorders.

These conditions vary enormously in terms of the impact that they have on the lives of those affected. Some are rapidly fatal. Some cause a gradual decline in function. Some are chronic and debilitating. Together they cause around 140,000 deaths every year in the UK – one fifth of all deaths – and they are a leading cause of disability.

We are currently focusing our research funding on the three disease areas below, because of the particularly large unmet need in these areas. You can read more about these Research priorities here.

The facts and stats shown relate to the UK.

Brain tumours

More under 40s
are killed by brain tumours than by any other cancer
lives are lost to brain tumours every year
people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour every year

Brain and spinal
cord injury

Every 90 seconds
someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury
Head injury
is the leading cause of death and disability in people aged one to 40
2 in 3
stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability

Headache and
facial pain

migraine attacks occur every day
1 in 14
people suffer from facial pain
£10 billion
is the annual cost of migraines to the UK economy