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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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Headache medicine in evolution

After now 6 years of having the honour to serve the IHS as Honorary Secretary (also called General Secretary), I am still impressed how active and 'young' our society is. We have created new projects, promoted established activities, and are thinking about innovative ideas for the future. As Secretary, it is my job to deal with the 'daily business' of our society. This means a lot of email conversation all over the world and discussing new projects in close co-operation with the President and with Carol Taylor, the society’s administrator.

Our educational programme is growing more and more. We have now established Headache Master Schools, iHEAD meetings in Europe and Master Classes in the US, collaboration with the ARCH meetings in Asia (the most recent one in Korea), visiting professorships, and grants for young colleagues to visit congresses and research facilities worldwide. New conferences have been held in collaboration with IHS in Turkey and in the Middle East, expanding our focus also on the Arabic world.

The professionalisation of our organisation has reached a critical point. The increasing activities cannot be covered by the two Secretaries alone. We need professional help for organising the International Headache Congress (IHC) and to deal with educational and public activities. Our journal Cephalalgia has received the highest ever impact factor and will be further developed to a highly accepted scientific journal. Plans to create an open access version of Cephalalgia are nearly complete. Future IHCs will probably be larger and more active than the recent ones due to new developments in the treatment of headache disorders. Furthermore, our headache classification will be revised in due time and then be published as the alpha version. There is a close collaboration with WHO in order to include our headache classification into the new chapters of the ICD-11.

All these activities cost money, and we were able in the last months to increase the income of IHS by unrestricted grants from some companies. This will enable us to make headache research and headache medicine more visible and more accepted worldwide.

I am looking forward to continuing my work for another (and final) 2 years together with the President and with Carol. So, any questions or ideas can be forwarded to me, and I will be happy to help.

Stefan Evers

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