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Welcome to the website for the International Headache Society

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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Building bridges

The Dutch are famous for their water engineering. We need sophisticated water ways and dikes to keep the water out since one-third  of the country is below sea level. To cross these water ways we have an excellent network of bridges, so I was born and raised with the importance of bridges…

My career with IHS started with the Juniors committee in 2001, building a bridge between trainees/residents and established headache scientists. We started organising the juniors forum and provided travel grants. In 2010 I joined the IHS Board of Trustees as past Chairman of the Juniors committee and current Chairman of the Education committee.

One of the main aims of the IHS is to improve headache education worldwide. Based on the “Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011”, the level of headache care has improved quite substantially, but there is still little attention for headache education in many parts of the world. In order to bridge these gaps between countries with different levels of development IHS spends more than US$ 100,000 every year through fellowships, visiting professor programmes and a headache pioneer programme.

A third important bridge is between different resources of headache education. At the moment the IHS is actively building an online headache library and has several educational programmes. The online learning centre can be found on the IHS website and contains educational material like book chapters, slide series and congress posters. Educational programmes are continuously provided, for example, the “headache master school”.  And finally to set a standard for headache education the IHS has created a Core Curriculum for headache.

Guus Schoonman, MD, PhD
Neurologist, St. Elisabeth/Tweesteden ziekenhuis, Tilburg
Headache researcher, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands

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