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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.

Lars Edvinsson
President, International Headache Society

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The ARCH marching together with IHS on the Boardwalk

As a new Co-opted member of the IHS Board of Trustees representing the Asian Regional Consortium for Headache (ARCH) I am pleased to share my visions. Considering that almost 60% of the world’s population lives in 46 Asian countries, I feel a great sense of responsibility for the problems of Asian headache sufferers. I became the president of the ARCH in 2016 after Professor Fumihiko Sakai, the founding president, who devoted himself to finding, fostering, and networking the headache experts in Asia. The official startup point of the ARCH was the first Japanese-Korean joint conference in Seoul, Korea, 2006. Now the ARCH has 14 member countries including 12 Asian – China, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand – and 2 Oceanian – Australia and New Zealand. So it is necessary to make efforts to bring more Asian countries to the forefront. My visions:

1. Raising awareness of headache in Asia

Many Asian countries have been suffering long-standing prejudices about the headache disorders originating from their own cultural and historical backgrounds. But with the introduction of the ICHD Classification and new therapeutic modalities nowadays there is an increasing requirement to enhance diagnostic accuracy of headache disorders in the Asian people and to provide them opportunities to get more proper management. To meet the requirements headache disorders must be more widely recognized in the public as well as in medical fields. In addition headache medicine and science also must be established more firmly in Asia. The ARCH will work with the IHS to solve these problems together.

2. Creating a platform to foster headache specialists and exchange their expertise in Asia

Since the inauguration I have been preparing an internet-based communication platform and the official ARCH homepage is now open with its brand-new logo. The website will not only help us to share knowledge and expertise and to build up solid friendship among ARCH members, but will also become an important tool for collaboration with the IHS. I hope to provide an open internet journal of Asian headache medicine in the near future. And I would like to have a more Asia-specific educational programme for the young people like the Headache Master School.

3. Enhancing the partnership with the IHS

The ARCH members including myself are truly grateful for IHS for sharing its human and financial resources for the ARCH activities. The 7th ARCH meeting to be held in Seoul this November will have a number of key figures, including Professors Lars Edvinsson and Messoud Ashina, the current and future presidents of the IHS. Also the financial support has made it possible for many members from the economically difficult Asian countries to join the meeting. It is truly a fruitful investment for headache patients in Asia and for a bright future of the ARCH.

I would like to finish by quoting an African saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, you have to go together.’ Like the song, ‘Bridge over troubled water’, the joint action of the IHS and ARCH will serve as a strong BOARDWALK over many harsh headache issues ahead of us in Asia. The ARCH and IHS should march together forever!

Chin-Sang Chung
Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea

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