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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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Promoting better communication between IHS and the national societies

After completing my neurological training and MD thesis with Professor James W. Lance in Sydney, Australia it was somewhat inevitable that I would choose to devote most of my clinical and research life to headache. Indeed, I was a founding member of the Australian Headache Society in 1986 and have been a member of the International Headache Society since 1988. After returning from Queen’s Square, London (having just followed Peter Goadsby there) I took over responsibility for our research laboratories and began a long and productive collaboration with Dr Geoffrey Lambert. While the Australian Headache Society was initially very active, primarily in the education of medical students, general practitioners and neurologists, in the years after the retirement of Professors Lance and Michael Anthony and Peter Goadsby’s move back to London the society began to gradually wind down. However, in more recent times with the emergence of young neurologists with a keen interest in headache in Australia and New Zealand and with the encouragement of members of IHS (AR, DD and PJG) I set about to “rejuvenate” the old AHS and hence, the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society was born in 2014, and I was honoured to be its inaugural president. It was then a singular privilege to be asked to become a member of the Board of Trustees of IHS in 2015. In that capacity I see one of my roles as promoting better communication between IHS and the national societies (particularly in Australasia but also in South East Asia building on the great work of the ARCH initiative started by others) and emphasizing the mutual benefits to be gained by all in this relationship.

Alessandro Zagami
The Institute of Neurological Sciences,
Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

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