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International Headache Society (IHS) is the world's leading membership organisation for those with a professional commitment to helping people affected by headache. 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.

Alan M Rapoport, MD

International Headache Society President


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Being kept on track

I was honoured to join the IHS Board of Trustees as a Co-opted Member in 2009 and as an Elected Member since 2011. I would like to quote some Board Walk statements by current and former members of this Board.  Peter Goadsby defined himself as “a Neurologist – proudly interested in Headache”; Stefan Evers said about headache medicine: “I have been working in this field (for many years) and I am still surprised by how fascinating it is....You cannot say this for many other fields in neurology.” These quotes lead us to be proud of our field of medicine. There are some other statements that focused on one of the main goals of IHS, namely education, that I would like to emphasise.  Cristina Tassorelli intended to  “ ‘spread the word’, to disseminate breakthroughs and advances so that doctors and sufferers everywhere in the world could be reached”;  Allan Purdy: “My main interest in IHS over the years has been in teaching and education.” David Dodick: “the priority in the field of headache medicine is to optimise the access and quality of patient care by providing fundamental education to providers” and Alan Rapoport: ‘My main goal over the next two years is to greatly increase headache teaching and learning around the world during my term as President”.  

As for me, I am in full agreement with my colleagues. As a matter of fact, during my career, I have been deeply involved in the teaching and education of headache medicine, not only  as chief of the Outpatient Unit at the Ribeirão Preto Medical School, but also as President of the Brazilian Headache Society and Latin American Headache Society. During the last two years, besides participating in many headache meetings all across Brazil, I have visited Chile, participating in the Headache School run  by Dr Nelson Barrientos, and taught in Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Colombia and Bolivia. In all these countries, I was able to meet with doctors speaking “IHS language”. More recently, we organised in Brazil a Consensus on the Treatment of Chronic Migraine, and last November  published an update on the guidelines for the treatment of the acute migraine attack.

So, I intend to keep on track, working in the fruitful mission of trying to teach headache medicine in the part of world I live in.

Carlos Bordini
Board member - Santa Casa de Batatais, Brazil

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