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Welcome to the website for the International Headache Society

The International Headache Society (IHS) is the world's leading membership organisation for those with a professional commitment to helping people affected by headache. As a charity, the purpose of IHS is to advance headache science, education, and management, and promote headache awareness worldwide.

This site promotes the Society and its activities, and is the home of the Society's international journal Cephalalgia. We welcome Society members and all who work or seek information in the field of headache.

David W Dodick
M.D., President, International Headache Society

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Building the IHS's future - support IHS trainees

It is with a great pleasure I am reporting on the activities of the Trainees and Residents SIG, aka Juniors’ committee. I have been chairing this active IHS group for the past 4 years, and with the rest of my colleagues in the SIG, we aim to support IHS trainees so we can build the headache experts of tomorrow and a better future for IHS. We aim to promote training opportunities for the junior members of IHS, as well as offering networking opportunities and collaborations among the junior members of IHS, while building bridges between trainees and established headache experts.

Our committee has traditionally offered a number of travel grants to trainees for attending international congresses. In the past years we managed to increase the available budget for this purpose and we are now in position to offer a larger number of grants. For the IHC 2015 in Valencia, we supported about 30 trainees, half of which came from developing countries. We envisage we shall be offering as many grants for the EHMTIC meeting in 2016 in Glasgow.

Since 2013, we have also supported a new short-stay scholarship scheme for colleagues from developing countries. The scholarship involves a 6–8-week visit to a clinical or research setting in the country where the IHC or EHMTIC  is taking place. We have so far supported seven colleagues and we are offering three new scholarships peri-EHMTIC 2016. This scheme aims to improve clinical practice and headache research in developing countries, as well as to offer further opportunities for collaboration for juniors from these countries.
For the past 3 years, we have also hosted a scientific session during international congresses, the Headache Trainees Excellence Tournament. This scientific session aims to provide an extra platform to trainees to present their work. Trainees who choose to participate in the scientific session can do so through the abstract submission section of the congress website.  The abstracts are then reviewed in a blinded fashion during which the abstract body is reviewed by our SIG without knowledge of the authors’ names or affiliations. The authors of the abstracts with the six highest scores then have the opportunity to present their data during the Headache Trainees Excellence Tournament. What makes this scientific session unique is that the audience votes for the best two presentations which will receive an award along a small grant.

Finally, our committee supports networking opportunities among trainees. Every year we organise the juniors’ forum during EHMTIC or IHC, during which 100 juniors have the opportunity to meet each other and talk about their work in a friendlier environment. We are also active users of the IHS social media where we aim to promote further networking among all IHS members and communicate all opportunities that become available for the IHS trainees.

I feel privileged to be chairing such an active committee and be part of such an important organisation, and I look forward to continuing to support headache trainees and contribute in building a future for the headache experts of tomorrow.

Anna Andreou

Chair of IHS Trainees and Residents SIG
Director of Headache Research
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases
King’s College London
London, UK

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