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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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IHS in transition

It is now more than 4 years that I have the honour to serve the IHS as Honorary Secretary (also called General Secretary). This has been a very active time seeing some important changes in the work of IHS. As Secretary, it is my job to deal with the ‘daily business’ of our society. This means a lot of email conversation all over the world and discussing new projects in close co-operation with the President and with Carol Taylor, the society’s administrator.

One of the most important developments in the last 4 years was the educational programme of the IHS. Several initiatives have been created; among others, Headache Master Schools, iHEAD meetings, support of the ARCH meetings, Visiting Professorships, grants for young colleagues to visit congresses and research facilities. Thanks go to many members of the IHS and in particular to Guus Schoonman, who initiated several of these campaigns as former Chairman of the Education Committee. These educational initiatives are mainly addressed to regions of the world, where headache medicine is still in its beginning (i.e. eastern Asia, South America, even Sub-Saharan Africa is considered for future activities). In summary, IHS has become more global and international.

Another development is that IHS becomes more and more a professional organisation. We made new contracts with Sage (publisher of Cephalalgia), with our administrator, with the Migraine Trust (handling our finances), and we modernised our Articles and Bylaws. I think we have meanwhile reached the border when IHS can only increase its activities with more professional co-workers.

All these activities cost money, and the income of IHS has not been increasing in the past years due to a lack of financial support from pharmaceutical companies. New strategies have to be developed to again increase our income (e.g. educational grants by companies).

I am looking forward to continuing this work at least another 2 years together with the new President David Dodick and with Carol. So, any questions or ideas can be forwarded to me, and I will be happy to help.

Stefan Evers
University of Münster and Krankenhaus Lindenbrunn

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