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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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Putting Asia on the map

After completing my headache fellowship training under Dr Silberstein in 1996, I established a headache clinic in a tertiary medical center in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. For the past 18 years, our team has been making ever increasing advances in our efforts to improve the quality of clinical service and push the frontiers of headache research. Perhaps the most important challenges and privileges our clinic face are the volume (≈2,000 new patients/year) resulting from the high accessibility of our medical system. Since a formal referral mechanism is practically lacking in the health care system in Taiwan, we have the opportunity to study headache disorders on the frontline, in particular, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndromes, spontaneous intracranial hypotension, and some other “minor” headache disorders, such as primary stabbing headache and cough headache. In addition to managing headache patients in the clinic, we are aiming at the public health concern of reducing headache burden in the population. In order to have potential impacts on health policy makers, we have, through various studies, provided some large-scale epidemiologic data on headache disorders in different populations, such adolescents, women, and the elderly.

Compared to other more life-threatening illnesses, headache disorders have received insufficient attention from both patients and healthcare providers in Asia. As a member of the International Headache Society Board of Trustees rooted in Asia, I feel deeply obliged to make direct contributions in headache medicine in this region. In order to arouse the awareness of the importance of headache medicine, educational programmes are a vital step to recruit junior neurologists and pain specialists. By promoting experience sharing and facilitating resource exchange, we are looking forward to filling the gap between Asia and the rest of the world.

Shuu-Jiun Wang, MD
Deputy Director, Neurological Institute, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
Professor and Chairman, Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine
Taipei, Taiwan
sjwang@vghtpe.gov.tw

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