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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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Making the activity of the IHS more ubiquitous in Asia

After graduating from the medical school, the first clinical study that I was engaged in was about autonomic dysfunctions in patients with migraine and cluster headache. In retrospect, this was my first encounter with the headache research world. Although I saw many neurological disease patients as a young neurologist, I was particularly interested in the complex and multifaceted clinical manifestations of migraine, reflecting cortical and subcortical abnormalities in conjunction with trigeminovascular and autonomic activation. I believe that recent progress in migraine therapy, such as introduction of CGRP-based medical treatment and neuromodulation, will not only benefit patients but contribute to elucidation of enigmatic migraine pathophysiology. Currently, I am doing translational migraine research with a view to discovering novel therapeutic targets.

Also, I have been involved in various activities of the Japanese Headache Society (JHS). Thanks to the initiatives of Professors Sakai and Suzuki, the JHS has been steadily growing in recent years. In 2013, the JHS invited the Headache Master School to Tokyo, where many physicians from the Asia-Pacific region learned about latest headache medicine and actively interacted with world-leading headache experts, some of whom are current IHS Board members . I was totally fascinated by the expertise of each speaker, and this experience made me realise the importance of education. Unfortunately, in many Asian countries, migraine and other primary headache disorders are undertreated, and the awareness of secondary headache disorders is insufficient. As a Board member of IHS, I am determined to devote myself to improving the current situation of headache medicine in Asia. For this purpose, it is essential for the national societies in the Asia-Pacific region to unite and promote the Asian Regional Conference for Headache (ARCH) initiative under the auspices of IHS.     

Mamoru Shibata
Department of Neurology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

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