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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.

Lars Edvinsson
President, International Headache Society

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Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much*

I am a clinical neurologist, with a subspecialty interest in headache. I trained at the University of Newcastle in Australia. I was fortunate to have my resident years at the Prince of Wales Hospital, where many great headache specialists have worked. New descriptions of bizarre headache disorders such as hypnic headache fascinated me. Despite being a common disorder, migraine is no less captivating. For every advance in our knowledge, further questions about the pathophysiology continue to be challenged.

Despite living in a city of 5 million people, there were no formal headache fellowships, so my original subspecialty training was in stroke medicine. As a busy clinician, it became clear that the suffering of my many headache patients demanded more training. The 50th anniversary of the American Headache Society was pivotal. I was one of four Australian delegates chosen to attend the International Headache Society (IHS) Headache Master School in Japan in 2013. Five years on, and now I am proud to be organising a similar IHS Headache Master School in Australia later this year.

In the last 4 years, I have been co-secretary for the new Australia and New Zealand Headache Society. There is great potential in communicating, advocacy, sharing resources and uniting in research and therapeutics to achieve common goals. My main personal focus is to further education in headache. Education is essential to stimulating further interest and improving confidence in treating these complex conditions. Through wider alliances such as with the Asian Regional Consortium of Headache (ARCH) and IHS, I hope to further improve education, clinical care and research in headache. I am honoured to be involved with the IHS as the ultimate model of effective collaboration in headache.

*Helen Keller

Bronwyn Jenkins
Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney, Australia

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