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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.

Lars Edvinsson
President, International Headache Society

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Global perspectives on headache: education & research are the medicine of the future

I am a MD, PhD, neurologist from Barcelona, Spain. There, I am in charge of the Headache and Neurological Pain Clinical Unit at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain, and the Headache Research Laboratory at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR), which is a part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. I am the Head of the Spanish Headache Study Group of the Spanish Neurological Society ( I am also a member of the American Headache Society.

I was educated around the world, after winning several grants which allowed me to do preclinical research and clinical fellowships both with Dr Stephen Silberstein at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and with Professor Peter Goadsby in UCL and UCSF.

My research focuses on improving the quality of life of patients suffering from headache by increasing our understanding of headache pathophysiology, especially migraine, providing innovative therapeutic strategies. I am a member of the International Headache Genetics Consortium. I have received funding from Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias (ISCIII), the La Marató de TV3 Foundation, the Migraine Research Foundation and la Caixa Foundation, to develop translational research projects, as well as being a principal investigator in clinical trials. I am also an editor for several journals specialised in Headache. I am the founder of a website, which focuses on Headache for the Spanish speaking community both for patients and physicians. I spend my life educating students, residents, fellows, neurologists and headache specialists on headache.

I believe in the IHS’s purpose and values. I was a member of the IHS Junior Subcommittee from 2002 until 2011. Nowadays, I am a part of the Clinical Trials Guideline Committee and the IHS Women’s Leadership Forum.

As a trustee, I intend to potentiate headache by: facilitating research in headache across borders, promoting adequate education in headache, increasing interest in headache within the new generations, increasing social awareness in headache, and working on international relations in headache giving visibility to young researchers and clinicians.

I have lived and trained both in Europe, Israel and the United States, speaking six languages and with an understanding of different cultures. I believe that my international background and education will help bridge cultures, give a new focus to research and health care systems.

Patricia Pozo-Rosich
Headache Clinical Unit, Neurology Department,
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital; Headache
Research Group, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research,
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

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