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Board of Trustees

The 12 members of the Board of Trustees include the four Officers of the Society (President, President-elect, Treasurer and Secretary). The President, President-elect and six Trustees are elected by the membership; three Trustees are appointed to add under-represented perspectives and/or specific expertise to the Board. The elected members are elected to 2-year terms of office by the membership during the AGM held during the International Headache Congress, automatically renewable for a second 2-year term. Any standard member of the Society may be nominated to join the Board of Trustees. Additional Trustees can be Co-opted by the Board to serve a 2-year term.

Standing Committees and Special Interest Groups

The Society's 21 Standing Committees and Special Interest Groups each have a specific role and advise the Board of Trustees on particular aspects of the business and/or functions of the Society. Each has a Chairman appointed by the Board of Trustees who must be a member of the Society. There are standing and ad-hoc Standing Committees. Both have prescribed areas of responsibility, standing committees remaining permanently in place with continuous activities or functions, ad-hoc being reconstituted from time to time to carry out particular initiatives. The Linguistic Special Interest Groups have more general responsibility for promoting the Society's objectives amongst those whose first language is not English. Click on the individual Committees in the menu below for details of each Committee's aims and activities together with the names and contact details of the Chairmen and members.

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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of the Chairmen of the Standing Committees and Special Interest Groups and the elected representatives of member National Societies. The Advisory Council meets annually to report their activities and give advice to the Board of Trustees. 

Task Forces

The Board of Trustees and Standing Committees can create Task Forces as required to undertake specific one-off time-limited activities.


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Board of trustees


  • Lars Edvinsson (Sweden)
    Institution: University Hospital of Lund
    Country: Sweden

    Board liaison for Asian and Spanish Linguistic groups.

    Lars Edvinsson is currently Professor and senior consultant at Lund University/Hospital in Internal Medicine, MD DMSci, and Chairman of the Swedish Migraine Society. He has served on the Board of the European Headache Federation until 2016.

    In 2008 Lars Edvinsson was called to be professor at the Copenhagen University in "Receptor Regulation in Cerebrovascular and Cardiovascular Diseases" and in 2007 was Founder, and is now Director, of the Glostrup Research Park, Copenhagen. In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from American Headache colleagues (Stowe, VT), and an Honoray Dr Hon Causa in Szeged, Hungary.

    He has a long history in studies of the cerebral circulation, innervation, receptors and function. In 1984 He was the first to describe CGRP in cranial vessels and the trigeminal ganglion, showed the release of CGRP in conjunction with migraine and cluster headache attacks, and has been instrumental in the development of novel CGRP receptor antagonists. His current work is centered at finding localisation of CGRP receptors in cranial structures and in CNS in order to illustrate the possible sites of action of novel CGRP acting drugs. The work involves also studies of other possible migraine candidates such as PACAP and 5-HT subtype receptor expressions as well as studies of their interactions and functional roles.

    Consulted for AMGEN/Novartis and TEVA pharma in terms of giving advice and received support for basic studies.


  • Messoud Ashina (Denmark)
    Institution: Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen
    Country: Denmark

    Dr Ashina received his MD from the Azerbaijan Medical University and completed his Residency in Neurology, and Research Headache Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen. He has actively been involved in headache research since 1995 and has authored over 150 papers, abstracts and book chapters on headache topics, including pathophysiology and treatment of migraine and tension-type headache.

    His main research interest includes experimental models of migraine, functional neuroimaging and clinical trials. He is also engaged in educational activities, and has organised The International Headache Summer Schools in Denmark (2007) and Azerbaijan (2008), and the 1st International Headache Academy in Copenhagen (2012).

    He has dedicated his career to headache research and as a former citizen of the Soviet Union he has a particular interest of improving patient care in this region and other developing countries. He also works to improve the high scientific standard in research and to translate that knowledge into better patient treatment, and to facilitate headache research among junior neurologists and residents in neurology.

    Associate Editor of Cephalalgia and Co-Editor of Journal of Headache and Pain. Personal fees from Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Allergan, Amgen, Autonomic Technologies Inc. (ATI), Eli Lilly and Novartis. Principal investigator for Amgen trials 20120178, 20120295, 20130255, and 20120297, and GM-11 gammaCore®-R trial.

Honorary Secretary:

  • Stefan Evers (Germany)
    Institution: University of Münster and Krankenhaus Lindenbrunn
    Country: Germany

    Board liaison for Clinical Trials committee and Russian Linguistic group.

    Stefan Evers received his MD in medicine and his PhD in musicology at the University of Münster, Germany. After training in general neurology including 1 year of research at the Institute of Neurology, London, he became consultant and Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology, University of Münster. In 2012 he became Head of the Neurological Hospital "Lindenbrunn".

    Stefan Evers was President of the German Migraine and Headache Society from 2003 to 2007 and Chair of the Headache Panel of the European Federation of Neurological Societies from 2003 to 2010. Since 2015 he is Chair of the Headache Panel of the European Academy of Neurology. Since 2011 he has been Honorary General Secretary of the IHS.

    He has published more than 220 scientific papers and several book chapters and books on headache and migraine, pain research, and general clinical neurology. Besides pain, special fields of interest are epilepsy, stroke, neuromanifestations of HIV infection, and the neurobiology of music.

    Honoraria for consulting: Allergan; Reckitt Benckiser; Johnson & Johnson; Amgen; Novartis
    Speaker's honoraria: Allergan; Reckitt Benckiser; Mundipharma; Pfizer; Menarini; Novartis

Honorary Treasurer:

  • Wendy Thomas (UK)
    Country: UK

    Wendy Thomas is past Chief Executive of The Migraine Trust, the health and medical research charity for migraine in the United Kingdom. She is also a director and chair of the Migraine Trust International Symposium  Ltd. (appointed by The Migraine Trust), 

    She is currently Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH).

    Ms Thomas' interests have been in charity governance and in particular the importance of the control of financial aspects of the organisation concerned. She works to ensure that the finances of IHS are on a sound footing and stay that way, and aims to make the finances to be transparent and therefore easy for the non-financial mind to understand.

    Treasurer of British Association for the Study of Headache; Director and chair of the Migraine Trust International Symposium Ltd.

Past president:

  • David William Dodick (USA)
    Institution: Mayo Clinic
    Country: USA

    David W Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, is Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is the Founder and Program Director of the Mayo Clinic Neurology Residency Program and Headache Medicine Fellowship Program. He is the Founder and Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Headache Program as well as the Comprehensive Concussion Center at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr Dodick is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also holds United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties certification in headache medicine and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification in vascular neurology.

    Dr Dodick has authored and/or co-authored more than 270 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored 7 books. He serves as Editor in Chief of Cephalalgia and is on the editorial board of several journals including The Neurologist and Lancet Neurology. He is the immediate Past-President of the American Headache Society (AHS). He is the Chair of the American Migraine Foundation and Chair of the Academic Headache Program Director's Consortium. He is also the Vice-Chair of the World Federation of Neurology Headache Research Group.

    He is a member of the scientific committee of the Migraine Trust and a Subcommittee Chair for the ICHD-2 and ICHD-3 classification committee. He served as Chair of the Scientific Committee for the International Headache Congress in Philadelphia PA, in 2009. He was a principle author of the International Headache Society Clinical Trials Guidelines for the Prevention of Chronic Migraine.

    Advisory board/consultant: Allergan, Amgen, Alder, Arteaus, Pfizer, Colucid, Merck, ENeura, NuPathe, Eli Lilly, Autonomic Technologies, Ethicon Johnson & Johnson, Zogenix, Supernus, Tonix, Labrys, Boston Scientific, St Jude, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MAP, Novartis
    Honoraria: IntraMed, SAGE Publications, Sun Pharma, Allergan, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, American Academy of Neurology, West Virginia University Foundation, Canadian Headache Society, American Headache Society, International Headache Society, Healthlogix, Wiley, Universal Meeting Management, WebMD, UptoDate, Haymarket Media Ltd, Oregon Health Science Center, Baylor University Medical Center, University of Miami Medical Center, System, Starr Clinical Decision Resources, University of British Columbia, and Synergy

Elected Trustees:

  • Anna Ambrosini (Italy)
    Institution: IRCCS Neuromed
    Country: Italy

    Board liaison for Child and Adolescent commitee and Portuguese Linguistic group.

    Born in Rome (Italy) on 1965. MD in 1990, Specialist in Neurology in 1994, PhD in Neurophysiology in 2000 at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome. Research Assistant (1998–2000) at the University Dept Neurology of Liège with Prof. J. Schoenen. Clinical Consultant- Scientific Researcher  since 2001 at the Headache Clinic, and since February 2013 Head of the Headache Medicine Dept in the IRCCS “Neuromed” in Pozzilli (Isernia, Italy). Granted with IHS-GSK PPA Humphrey International Fellowship 2002.

    Member of the International Headache Society since 2001.Junior Secretary of the Scientist Panel on Headache of  European Federation of Neurological Societies (1998-2000). Member of the Italian Headache Society (SISC) since 2001, where she served as President of the Inter-Regional Section Lazio-Molise (2007-2010), National Delegate to the European Headache Federation  (2009-2012) and Treasurer (since 2013).  She published  up to now one book,  3 book chapters, 46 articles. Her H-index, at the present, is 22.


  • Rigmor Jensen (Denmark)
    Institution: Danish Headache Center, University of Copenhagen
    Country: Denmark

    Board liaison for Education committee and Cluster Headache group.

    Rigmor Jensen is specialized in Neurology and professor in headache and neurological pain at The University of Copenhagen and the director of The Danish Headache Center, Glostrup Hospital. She is past-president of The European Headache Federation, director in EHMTIC and in Lifting The Global Burden of Headache.   
    Born in Denmark in 1954. Medical Degree from University of Copenhagen 1981. Specialist in Neurology.
    Fellowship at The Headache Clinic in Gentofte Hospital under supervision of Professor Jes Olesen, and received a doctoral degree from University of Copenhagen in 1999.
    Has conducted or otherwise been involved in numerous epidemiological, clinical, and neurophysiological studies of migraine and tension-type headache since 1988.
    Co-founder of the Danish Headache Center, a multidisciplinary academic headache center, at Glostrup Hospital, awarded as Global Excellence in Health in 2010 and 2014.
    Has published more than 250 scientific papers in refereed journals and text books
    Present areas of research: Management of headache, CSF-physiology, Pain mechanisms and epidemiology, Medication overuse headache and Cluster headache.
    Has been working extensively with national and international organisation of headache care, pre- and postgraduate education in headache since 1988.
    Has most recently served as president of EHF until Sept.2014 and has organized a successful EHMTIC 2014 in Copenhagen with more than 1000 participants.
    Aims to contribute to IHS with a detailed knowledge of global headache care and research, and an extensive international network. I also aim to expand the present IHS-activities within education and politics for an equal and better global access to headache care.

    Rigmor Jensen has given lectures for and received honoraria from Allergan, Pfizer, Autonomic Technologies, ElectroCore, Berlin Chemie and is a present member of the advisory board for Autonomic Technologies.

  • Mario Peres (Brazil)
    Institution: Sao Paulo Headache Center
    Country: Brazil
  • Patricia Pozo-Rosich (Spain)
    Country: Spain
  • Todd Schwedt (USA)
    Institution: Mayo Clinic
    Country: USA

    Todd Schwedt, MD, MSCI is a Professor of Neurology and Chair of Neurology Research at the Mayo Clinic Arizona.  In addition to his clinical duties in the Mayo Headache Clinic, he leads an active headache research portfolio.  He is a principal investigator of the Neuroimaging of Headache Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, of the American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR), the Medication Overuse Treatment Strategy Trial (MOTS), and he is the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Clinical Studies Unit. He was a recipient of the 2015 Harold G. Wolff Award from the American Headache Society, an award presented annually to a researcher who has most significantly contributed to the understanding of headache. Dr. Schwedt serves on the Board of Directors for the American Headache Society, is a member of the American Headache Society scientific meeting planning committee, is the chairperson of the post-traumatic headache working group for the International Classification of Headache Disorders, and is an associate editor for Cephalalgia, Headache, Headache Currents and Pain Medicine. Dr. Schwedt is a frequent lecturer and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

    Research Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH); Department of Defense (DOD); Mayo Clinic / Arizona State University; American Migraine Foundation; Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Consulting: Allergan; Amgen; ATI; Avanir; Dr. Reddy’s; GBS; Novartis; Second Opinion; Supernus; Teva. Options: GBS; Second Opinion.

  • Gisela M Terwindt (Netherlands)
    Institution: Leiden University Medical Centre
    Country: Netherlands

    Board liaison for Classification committee and French Linguistic group.

    Gisela Terwindt received her MSc in Biology and MD in Medicine at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Her PhD encompassed epidemiology and genetics of migraine, with the discovery of the first migraine gene. She is associate professor of Neurology, and Consultant Neurologist, at the Department of Neurology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands, where she also runs the Headache Clinic.

    Gisela Terwindt is chair of the scientific committee of the Dutch Headache Society. She is member of the International Headache Classification Committee for ICHD-3.

    She has published ≈150 scientific papers and several book chapters on headache and migraine.  She received a prestigious personal grant from the Dutch Organisation of Scientific Research (VIDI-award).

    Gisela Terwindt reports support for conference visits from Menarini, and independent support from NWO, European Community, and the Dutch Heart Foundation.

Ex-officio Trustee:

  • Arne May (Germany)
    Institution: Universitäts-Krankenhaus Eppendorf (UKE)
    Country: Germany

    Board liaison for Science and Research committee and Emerging Therapies group.

    Arne May is a Professor of Neurology in the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University of Hamburg and head of the headache outpatient clinic of the University clinic of Hamburg. His major research interests are the basic mechanisms of headpain, the chronification of pain and plasticity within the human brain. The work of his group involves human imaging studies in primary headache as well as experimental studies of trigeminovascular nociception, with the aim of understanding how to modulate headache syndromes and chronicity of pain. Prior to his position at the University of Hamburg, Professor May was a clinician and conducted research into pain and headache syndromes at the University of Regensburg. Prior to this he completed his residency in the Neurology Department of the University of Essen, followed by post-doctorate studies at the Institute of Neurology in London. Professor May is currently the vice-president of the German Headache Society. He has published over 180 original and review articles and is an Associate Editor of Cephalalgia, Journal of Headache & Pain and Der Schmerz.

    Dr May is funded by the University Clinic of Hamburg and received scientific funds by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, SFB936) and the European Union (FP7), is or has been consultant or speaker for Pfizer, Bayer Vital, GSK, Allergan, ATI, MSD, TEVA, Electrocore and Desitin and is an editorial board member of Cephalalgia, J Headache and Pain, European Neurology and Der Schmerz. 

  • Allan Purdy (Canada)
    Institution: Dalhousie University, New Halifax Infirmary
    Country: Canada

    Allan Purdy has managed patients with headache disorders for over 30 years, as well as doing general neurology, and participating in neurological and continuing medical education. He has received many educational awards and a major award from the American Headache Society for neurological education and contributions in headache medicine.

    Dr Purdy is past President of the Canadian Headache Society and Secretary of the American Headache Society; he is on the Scientific Programme Committees for the American Headache Society, and Co-Chair of the SPC for the upcoming IHS/AHS congress in Boston. He has created educational courses for several IHS congresses, and for the Migraine Trust. He is on the editorial Boards of Cephalalgia and Headache, does clinical trial research and has many publications in the field of headache medicine.

    President - American Headache Society

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