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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.

Messoud Ashina
President, International Headache Society

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Driving the agenda to prioritise headache research and patient care

I currently work as Professor of Neurology at University of Birmingham, UK where I combine clinical and academic roles. I graduated from the University of Birmingham, School of Medicine, UK in 2000 with honours and attained my Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003. I completed my PhD in 2010 funded by a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship and subsequently worked as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Lecturer in Neurology. In 2013 I was awarded an NIHR funded Clinician Scientist Fellowship which established an independent program of translational research into headache and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
I run the Metabolic Neurology research group at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham. My research group seeks to establish and exploit the pathophysiological mechanisms underpinning the debilitating effects of metabolism on headache and raised intracranial pressure, develop therapeutic strategies, and generate real impact while improving patient care. I am Chief Investigator on a program of investigator led clinical trials (phase 2 and 3) enabling forward (novel therapeutic molecules are under assessment in patients) and back translation (biomarker evaluation in the laboratory setting). We are also looking with NASA how we can take our research beyond earth to treat spaceflight associated raised intracranial pressure.
As a practicing neurologist I run the multidisciplinary clinical Headache Centre and the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension service at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
I have a strong ethos for mentorship and training for the next generation of translational clinical researchers and run the regional academic neurology training program and well as continuing to university teaching and mentorship.
I work closely with the patient organisations and am the Patron for the charity IIHUK. Together, we performed a patient priority setting exercise to identify the top ten research priorities in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. This has helped to drive the research agenda in this often-overlooked condition, where chronic headache is the principle morbidity. I also led the first International IIH Guidelines (2018) which is benefitting patient care through standardising the clinical approach to management.
In the UK I am on the research committee for the Association for British Neurologists and the Deputy Chair for the for the headache and pain grouping (ABN AAG). I help drive national training and education through my membership of the British Association for the Study of headache (BASH) council. Internationally I strive to promote excellent in research and education through my roles on the scientific committee for the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and my member of the European Headache Federation Board.
The next decade will be one of the most productive and expanding periods for the headache community. I would like to use my leadership, dynamism and originality of thought to capitalise on this exciting period and augment growth and vision through my role on the International Headache Society Board.   

Alex Sinclair
Twitter: @IIHDrBirmingham
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, and Department of Neurology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

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