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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. 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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I write with tremendous enthusiasm and optimism as I assume the role of President of the International Headache Society. The state of the society is very strong and I have been quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn a great deal from the members of your board during this transition period. These are a highly committed, experienced, and visionary group of leaders and I look forward to working with our returning and incoming leaders on your behalf.

One of the first orders of business will be to assemble a group of leaders within the society for a strategic planning meeting in September 2015. I am confident we will emerge from this meeting with a clear view of our strategic and resource allocation priorities and a plan for implementation. One of these priorities will be education.

Professor Rapoport has previously outlined the accomplishments of the society over the past 2 years under his leadership, especially in the area of education. Education is fundamental to our mission of making certain that high quality care is delivered to patients around the world who are suffering with headache.

Together with Professor Allan Purdy and other colleagues, we will plan to build on the momentum that has been established and continue to think strategically to assure our educational programs are relevant to clinicians and scientists who will deliver care and advance the field.

Our patient base is enormous – third largest among medical illnesses in the world. However, our field is small. The numbers who have dedicated their careers to headache medicine – whether in the clinic or laboratory – is finite and dwarfed by the number of patients who rely on us. The amount of work to be done at times appears daunting, especially with precious little funding and resources dedicated to headache research and care. As a result, in the last half-century, only a single class of drug specifically designed and approved for acute migraine treatment is available today – even worse, we do not have migraine specific treatments available for prevention. The status quo is not acceptable, progress must be made, and it’s our collective responsibility to effect positive change. Collaboration and advocacy should therefore be important mandates moving forward. Creating an infrastructure that allows clinicians and investigators to pool resources and skill sets is possible; creating a climate and a process where like-minded and well-intentioned organizations and groups can come together, raise awareness, and advocate for more resources on behalf of the patients we serve – is essential. I believe the International Headache Society is positioned for this global leadership opportunity and I intend to work tirelessly with the leadership of the society, and on your behalf, to see
these mandates move forward.

I am humbled by this opportunity and responsibility. In the spirit of working together, I need your help, collaboration, and guidance. This field is brimming with individuals who think creatively – I welcome and encourage your ideas and suggestions – please never hesitate to reach out to me.

David W. Dodick
M.D., President, International Headache Society


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