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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.

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

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The battle against headache needs Science and Education

I am specialised in Neurology, professor in headache and neurological pain at The University of Copenhagen and the director of The Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet- Glostrup. After graduation from University of Copenhagen in 1981,  I was so fortunate to become a resident in Jes Olesen’s Department of Neurology and that became my destiny! He was so dedicated to headache research and worked very hard with the first edition of The International Headache Classification. With the new IHS-classification in hand, Birthe Krogh-Rasmussen and I conducted a large epidemiological study of headache disorders leading to my doctoral thesis; Epidemiology and pathophysiological mechanisms of  tension-type headache in 1999.

After my specialisation, I returned to work with Jes Olesen, now at Glostrup Hospital. Together, we established The Danish Headache Center in 2001, a multidisciplinary academic headache centre which paved the way for significant translational research activities. Over the years I have been president of the Danish Headache Society, chair of the Scientific Panel of Headache in EFNS and last served as president in the European Headache Federation, director of EHMTIC and Lifting The Global Burden of Headache. All these organisational activities along with daily contact with patients illustrate the tremendous need for much better headache care and education. In most universities only very few hours are dedicated to headache disorders; therefore I have worked extensively with headache care, pre- and postgraduate education in headache.

I will continue to work for much more educational activities within IHS, update the curriculum, support  more teaching courses on the national levels and at IHC and try to broaden the focus on non-migraine headaches including tension-type headache, and the secondary headaches. Furthermore, I hope that we expand the present IHS-activities within education and politics for an equal and better global access to headache care in collaboration with Lifting The Burden. A new and important step forward is the Master of Headache Disorders, an international new master course that just has been initiated at University of Copenhagen (  It is a very exciting initiative that has received significant interest, great support from IHS and will hopefully contribute to much more academic awareness of headache disorders.

Rigmor Hoejland Jensen
Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet-Glostrup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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