Submit your paper today - deadline 31 January 201503/01/2015
The International Headache Society – Cephalalgia Award Lecture is awarded to the best paper submitted to Cephalalgia before the 31st January 2015.
The recipient of this award will receive €10,000 and will be asked to present the paper at the 17th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHS), being held in Valencia, Spain from 14-17 May 2015.
Visit the Cephalalgia website - deadline for submission 31 January 2015.
SISC has announced details of the 2015 Enrico Greppi Award18/12/2014
The Italian Society for the Study of Headache (SISC) has announced the 2015 Enrico Greppi Award. The award is valued at Eur 10,000 and is open to researchers of all nationalities. See the announcement for more information.
Peter Goadsby and Messoud Ashina attended the EHS annual meeting as Visiting Professors25/11/2014
The Estonian Headache Society (EHS) welcomed Peter Goadsby and Messoud Ashina to join its annual meeting as IHS Visiting Professors. The President of EHS, Mark Braschinsky, reports.
Apply now for an IHS Visiting Professor to join your meeting25/11/2014
Visiting Professors is an initiative of the IHS Education committee with the aim to send headache specialists as representatives of IHS to attend regional meetings, or teach at a headache centre, in countries that might need or want increased headache education and motivation, and where without financial support attendance of an international specialist would not be possible.
Proposals should be submitted using the application form by any local/regional/national institution or scientific society with an interest in headache. In 2015 IHS is offering six countries the opportunity to host a Visiting Professor.
See the attached document and visit the Visiting Professors section in the Learning Centre tab to read reports of previous events.
Application now open for the 2015 Fellowship, Junior travel grants to IHC 2015 and the Headache Pioneer Programme25/11/2014
Applications are now welcomed for the 2015 Fellowship.
IHC Travel Grants
Juniors - apply now for IHS travel grants for the IHC 2015, Valencia, Spain.
Headache Pioneer Programme
Applications are now welcomed from physicians and researchers from developing countries for the 2015 Headache Pioneer Programme.
For information and application forms for these Awards see the Newsletter and Awards section.
The 5th ARCH meeting will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January 201520/11/2014
The 5th ARCH meeting, Challenges in Headache Disorders, will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January 2015. For more information visit the website.
Report from Headache School organised by the Georgian Headache Society in collaboration with IHS and EHF14/11/2014
The Georgian Headache Society organised a headache school in Tbilisi, Georgia, in June 2014 in collaboration with IHS and EHF. The report from Dr Zaza Katsarava is attached.
3 short-stay scholarships available for 2015 to young physicians from developing countries10/11/2014
IHS is offering 3 short-stay scholarships to young physicians from developing countries The scholars will attend the IHC (Valencia, Spain, 14-17 May 2015) and then spend 6-8 weeks at one of three major headache centres in Spain
Eligibility: PhD students, residents in Neurology or Neurophysiology or post-graduate research fellows applying within 7 years from completion of their training, who are resident in any of the Hinari countries.
Value of grant: Eur 5,000
Deadline for applications:
1 February 2015
The IHS Juniors committee held their Excellence Tournament and awarded Best Poster prizes at EHMTIC20/10/2014
The IHS Residents and Trainees group organised a second successful Trainees Excellence Tournament at the recent European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC).
Congratulations are offered to the Tournament winners:
Inga Kröger - Pharmacological modulation of trigeminovascular-nociceptive stimulation
Yurong Gao - Dural Vessel Heamodynamics During Normal Behavioural and Migraine Attack
The group also offered two Best Poster prizes, one awarded by the committee members, the other 'people's choice'. The winners were:
Trainee and Residents SIG winner: Cognitive behavioural treatment for the chronic post-traumatic headache patient: a randomised control trial
D Kjeldgaard Nielsen, H Forchhammer, T W Tesdale, R H Jensen
Public vote: Abnormal Ictal Large-Scale network connectivity in migraine without aura: a resting-state functional connectivity study
FH Amin, A Hougaard, S Magon, M S Asghar, N N Ahmad, E Rostrup, T Sprenger, M Ashina
The 2014 Headache Pioneer, Kiratikorn Vongvaivanich, worked with Stephen Silberstein07/10/2014
IHS awarded a Headache Pioneer scholarship to Kiratikorn Vongvaivanich from Thailand, who spent a month working with Stephen Silberstein at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia, USA. His report is attached.
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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
Future of headache: a personal view
My first contact with headache was when I trained as a neurologist with Chris Diener in Essen, and it is fair to say that as a young doctor I could easily have become interested in stroke or epilepsy. But I did not. Instead I became more and more fascinated by a disease that is rewarding for a clinician (because thankfully we can help so many patients) as it is exciting and puzzling for a scientist. It is certainly fair to say that I would have not chosen headache if Chris Diener had not crossed my way (or rather I crossed his) and directed me towards a still rather neglected pain syndrome. I later had the fortune to meet my other academic mentor, Peter Goadsby, who certainly settled my wish to devote my career to headache research. I have been working clinically in the field of headache for nearly 20 years now, and my research interests focus on headache, pain, neural plasticity and functional imaging.
My main focus is on clinical research, and my main goals are to further stimulate and promote young researchers, a goal which is shared by the other members of the IHS board who consequently helped to organize 2 IHS-IASP joint meetings for younger researchers in Hamburg and Siena. I believe it is extremely important that young scientists in the field of headache and pain know each other and build new networks. I would even go so far as to suggest that the future for headache research will depend on how much we inspire young doctors and bright scientists to devote their strength and ideas to headache. How do we achieve that? Mentorship certainly continues to play the biggest part. As a society our additional goal must be to help foster new ideas, raise awareness, promote research collaborations between various disciplines and - most of all - inspire young people. Clinical and research of headache certainly has all it takes to intrigue young doctors and our commitment is to make this even more rewarding. One way is surely to bond with physicians and scientists who are already interested in and even share some of our quest – the societies of IASP and EFIC are brothers in arms, if I may say so. It is my aim that the IHS will continue to bond with pain researchers whilst strengthening the uniqueness of headache research with a particular emphasis in encouraging younger researchers. In the end – it is the young doctors we don’t know yet, young doctors and researchers who make our devotion their own, young people of the future who will keep the IHS attractive and forceful. I am thankful to my mentors that they passed on this knowledge.
Universitäts-Krankenhaus Eppendorf (UKE), Germany