Apply now for a travel grant to attend IHC 2017 in Vancouver!19/01/2017
Travel grants are now available for juniors to attend IHC 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, in September
Download the application form to read the eligibility and instructions and apply today!
Application now open to young members from developing countries19/01/2017
IHS Headache Trainee Programme
The Trainee Programme offers a clinical training period of up to 12 weeks at a headache centre abroad to researchers and physicians from developing countries
Application deadline 1 May 2017
IHS Short-stay Scholarship peri-IHC
IHS is offering short-stay scholarships to researchers and physicians from developing countries to attend the IHC in September in Canada and study at one of three Canadian Headache Centres for up to 6 weeks
Application deadline 31 March 2017
Application now open for the IHS Fellowship Awards 201712/01/2017
The IHS fellowship award aims to support innovative and impactful research from young investigators, promote the career of young investigators in the field of headache, and increase the knowledge base of headache disorders. Applications for basic or clinical headache research, or a combination of basic and clinical research, will be considered.
Application deadline 15 May 2017
See also Awards section
Migraine Research Foundation invites Letters of Interest for 2017 Impact Award12/01/2017
The Migraine Research Foundation, a US nonprofit that raises money to fund innovative migraine research, invites both US and international researchers to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for projects that will add to the understanding or improve the treatment of NDPH. Selected projects will be invited to submit an application late this spring.
Deadline: 1 March 2017
Danish Headache Center will open a new purpose-built centre in 201712/12/2016
Denmark is to have a new headache centre. Staff and patients have been involved in the interior design, ensuring that the centre will be adapted to the special requirements of headache patients. In international terms this means that the new centre is one of a kind.
‘The Danish Headache Centre is to be built at Rigshospitalet, Glostrup, with completion scheduled for autumn 2017.
See HERE for a video of the new centre.
Reports received from IHS Short-stay Scholars who attended EHMTIC and then spent a few weeks in key headache centres in the UK17/11/2016
Two young researchers from India and Thailand were awarded Short-stay Scholarships to attend EHMTIC and spent up to 6 weeks at a leading headache centre in the UK
Both have now returned home with their new found knowledge and experience, and their reports are attached here
The 'Best of EHMTIC' is now published in Cephalalgia - EHMTIC abstracts now available online04/11/2016
Three IHS EHMTIC travel grant awardees have worked together to summarise the highlights of EHMTIC 2016 - see attached document
The EHMTIC abstracts have been published as an online supplement to Cephalalgia - September 2016; 36 (1 suppl) - which is freely available
Two poster prizes were awarded, and the IHS Juniors held their 4th Excellence Tournament21/09/2016
IHS offers congratulations to the winners of the Juniors Excellence Tournament and poster prizes at the recent EHMTIC
Excellence tournament - Clinical presentation
Genetic screening of clock in a Swedish cluster headache case-control material
Carmen Fourier, Sweden
Excellence tournament - Pre-clinical presentation
The role of the locus coeruleus in regulating trigeminovascular nociception
Marta Vila, UK
Best poster award - Public vote
Relationship between headache and angioarchitectural particularities of brain arteriovenous malformations
O Tsurkalenko and L Dyaz
Best poster award - Juniors committee
The effect of foetal growth restriction on the development of migraine in young adults. The Nord-Trondelag Health Study
S Boerte, B S Winsvold, S O Stensland and J A Zwart
IHC 2019 Dublin, Ireland, 6-9 September 201919/09/2016
IHS is pleased to announce that the IHC 2019 will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 6-9 September 2019. Dublin will be an exciting first for the congress - mark your diaries today to keep the dates free
ICHD-3-beta website now available online30/08/2016
The ICHD-3-beta website is now available online in digital format
Click HERE to visit the website
ICHD-3 beta, like ICHD-2, is now available in digital format. The ICHD-3 beta website makes it very easy to understand and follow the precise organisation and content of the current classification, making the practical application in the clinical field and in research simpler than ever before. The three main chapters and the appendix are listed in the main menu. The respective diagnoses can be viewed and selected in the text area after choosing a main heading. Using the text, the menu and the search function, answers to specific questions in clinical practice can be researched quickly. The ICHD-3 beta online service enables fast digital access to all information of the international headache classification.
Since ICHD-3 beta version is still in the test phase, the digital version initially will be only produced in English language. Currently available translations can be viewed in the downloads section. After finalisation of the classification, the different translations can be digitally integrated one by one. The information about classification and diagnosis of headaches is supplemented by original documents and accompanying materials including lecture presentations and media library. The digital media centre about classification and diagnosis of headaches will be continuously expanded.
IHC 2017 will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 2017 - you can now register and submit your abstract22/08/2016
Registration and abstract submission for the 18th Congress of the International Headache Society are now open.
IHC 2017 will take place from 7-10 September in Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver is on the coast and enjoys a broad horizon on the Pacific Ocean. This has been the inspiration for our conference aphorism “New Horizons in Headache”. In the same way that a vista over the ocean is potentially full of promise and new experiences, the basic and clinical research that will be presented at IHC 2017 promises an exciting future for headache medicine. Please plan to come and participate in the excitement, share your knowledge, and learn about the latest advances in headache treatment.
Visit the IHC 2017 website and register for updates.
Reduced registration fees are available for IHS members.
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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
A life dedicated to a neglected malady
My interest in headache dates back to 1987, when I first examined a so-called recently described chronic paroxysmal hemicrania patient. After writing a monograph on this interesting headache in 1988, Professor Ottar Sjaastad invited me to join his group in Trondheim for a PhD thesis. The defence took place in Trondheim in September 1992, under the supervision of Professor Sjaastad and Linda White. The work entitled “Vasoactive peptides in the ocular/forehead area. Association with headache” involved basic research on the effects of various neurotransmitters, peptides and drugs on isolated vessels and various neuropeptide levels in a greater occipital nerve stimulation model I specifically developed in rats.
From the clinical perspective, headache patients were examined on a daily basis under the supervision of Professor Sjaastad. After returning to Brazil, the head of the Department of Neurology, Professor Sérgio Novis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, asked me to create, lead and develop the headache sector in our facilities. My professorship was obtained in 1995, allowing us to establish the master and doctoral programmes on headache. The first doctoral thesis was written by my colleague Professor Péricles Maranhão-Filho, on the effects of sumatriptan on an isolated chick retina spreading depression model. Working at the same university where Leão developed his career, we were particularly proud to initiate the modern headache academic activities in this very area. Having replaced Professor Novis as the head of Neurology, 12 theses were produced afterwards involving various aspects of headache, regular courses and seminars for residents and undergraduates were established, and a regular headache out-patients unit was developed. In 2006, I spent 4 months at Nouchine Hadjikhani Laboratory in Boston with a Fulbright scholarship, were we studied aspects related to aura and neuroimaging.
I am an active member of the Brazilian Headache Society and the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, where I have been involved with several educational initiatives. I have been a member of the IHS classification committee twice. In Brazil, a country with relatively poor social and health standards, a high quality centre for research, education and specialised care in headache for thousands of patients represents a crucial achievement. I am deeply committed to the advance of headache education and science in my country and worldwide as well as to the promotion of this branch of medicine as one of the most relevant for the benefit of all untreated sufferers.
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro