Two candidates have been selected to stand for the position of President-elect from 201518/02/2015
IHS is pleased to announce that Professor Lars Edvinsson (University of Lund, Sweden) and Professor Werner Becker (University of Calgary, Canada) have been selected to stand as candidates for the position of IHS President-elect in the forthcoming Trustee elections. The ballot will open towards the end of March, and the official elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Valencia in May.
The 3rd Master School was held in India - Dr Ravishankar reports.17/02/2015
The 3rd IHS Master School was held in India. Pre-course online learning and examinations were followed by a 2-day course in December in Mumbai, India. Dr K Ravishankar, Course Director, reports.
Three new Trustees will be elected to join the IHS Board of Trustees from May 2015.09/02/2015
Elections for the IHS Board of Trustees will be held prior to the IHC in Valencia, Spain, in May 2015.
Three of the current Elected Trustees are eligible and willing to remain on the Board and do not require re-election. Three Elected Trustees will retire following the AGM.
There are three vacant positions.
Nominations should be proposed by a Standard Member and seconded by a different Standard Member, and supported by a personal written statement by the nominee including a written indication of intention to stand for election as a Trustee.
Standard Members may propose or second only one person to stand for election as a Trustee.
For more information and a nomination form, please see the attached document.
Deadline for nominations: 27 February 2015, 12 noon GMT
Professor Dodick will retire as Editor-in-Chief in December 2015 and IHS is receiving applications for the position of a new Editor-in-Chief09/02/2015
In recent years Cephalalgia has continued to develop and raise its profile due to the commitment and professionalism of Professor David Dodick, Editor-in-Chief. The Journal has a 2013 ranking of 32/194 (Clinical Neurology) and 71/252 (Neuroscience) journals, and an impact factor 4.121.
Professor Dodick will retire as Editor-in-Chief in December 2015 and IHS is receiving applications for the position of a new Editor-in-Chief.
The new Editor-in-Chief will officially assume responsibility on 1 January 2016, but will be expected to participate actively from September 2015 during the transition to the new editorial operation.
All IHS members who fulfil the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for this vacancy.
Applications received will be short listed. Deadline for applications: 17 April 2015
For more information please see the attached document.
SISC has announced details of the 2015 Enrico Greppi Award18/12/2014
The Italian Society for the Study of Headache (SISC) has announced the 2015 Enrico Greppi Award. The award is valued at Eur 10,000 and is open to researchers of all nationalities. See the announcement for more information.
Application now open for the 2015 Fellowship, Junior travel grants to IHC 2015 and the Headache Pioneer Programme25/11/2014
Applications are now welcomed for the 2015 Fellowship.
IHC Travel Grants
Juniors - apply now for IHS travel grants for the IHC 2015, Valencia, Spain.
Headache Pioneer Programme
Applications are now welcomed from physicians and researchers from developing countries for the 2015 Headache Pioneer Programme.
For information and application forms for these Awards see the Newsletter and Awards section.
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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
Future of headache: a personal view
My first contact with headache was when I trained as a neurologist with Chris Diener in Essen, and it is fair to say that as a young doctor I could easily have become interested in stroke or epilepsy. But I did not. Instead I became more and more fascinated by a disease that is rewarding for a clinician (because thankfully we can help so many patients) as it is exciting and puzzling for a scientist. It is certainly fair to say that I would have not chosen headache if Chris Diener had not crossed my way (or rather I crossed his) and directed me towards a still rather neglected pain syndrome. I later had the fortune to meet my other academic mentor, Peter Goadsby, who certainly settled my wish to devote my career to headache research. I have been working clinically in the field of headache for nearly 20 years now, and my research interests focus on headache, pain, neural plasticity and functional imaging.
My main focus is on clinical research, and my main goals are to further stimulate and promote young researchers, a goal which is shared by the other members of the IHS board who consequently helped to organize 2 IHS-IASP joint meetings for younger researchers in Hamburg and Siena. I believe it is extremely important that young scientists in the field of headache and pain know each other and build new networks. I would even go so far as to suggest that the future for headache research will depend on how much we inspire young doctors and bright scientists to devote their strength and ideas to headache. How do we achieve that? Mentorship certainly continues to play the biggest part. As a society our additional goal must be to help foster new ideas, raise awareness, promote research collaborations between various disciplines and - most of all - inspire young people. Clinical and research of headache certainly has all it takes to intrigue young doctors and our commitment is to make this even more rewarding. One way is surely to bond with physicians and scientists who are already interested in and even share some of our quest – the societies of IASP and EFIC are brothers in arms, if I may say so. It is my aim that the IHS will continue to bond with pain researchers whilst strengthening the uniqueness of headache research with a particular emphasis in encouraging younger researchers. In the end – it is the young doctors we don’t know yet, young doctors and researchers who make our devotion their own, young people of the future who will keep the IHS attractive and forceful. I am thankful to my mentors that they passed on this knowledge.
Universitäts-Krankenhaus Eppendorf (UKE), Germany