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About the American Headache Society® AHS-Symposium

The American Headache Society (AHS) is a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. The Society’s objectives are to promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning the causes and treatments of headache and related painful disorders. Educating physicians, health professionals and the public and encouraging scientific research are the primary functions of this organization. AHS activities include an annual scientific meeting, a comprehensive headache symposium, regional symposia for neurologists and family practice physicians, publication of the journal Headache and sponsorship of the American Migraine Foundation.

History

1970 – First Annual Headache Symposium – To supplement its annual scientific meeting, AHS developed an annual headache symposium in 1970 that continues today. The symposium addresses a variety of topics, with the goal of teaching health care professionals. AHS now holds one teaching symposium a year in addition to its scientific meeting.

1973 – First Annual (Scottsdale) Headache Symposium held at the Camelback Inn  – In 1973 AHS begin holding the Scottsdale Headache Symposium® at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ.  Over the past four decades the membership has looked forward to spending their late fall at the Camelback Inn each year to attend this successful Symposium.  The Camelback Inn welcomes AHS with open arms every November.

2008 – 50th Anniversary  – AHS celebrated its 50th Anniversary  at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston

2009 – AHS developed the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) – AHS developed the AMF to support innovative research and education that will lead to improvement in the lives of those who suffer from migraine and other disabling headaches.

2016 – The American Migraine Foundation begin enrolling patients in the American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR) – ARMR is a database containing information about patient diagnosed with migraine and other headache disorders.  AMF is proud to support ARMR as it will help better understand the causes and effects of headache disorders and lead to the development of new treatments that will eventually lead to a cure.

  • 1970 First Annual Headache Symposium First Annual Headache Symposium - To supplement its annual scientific meeting, AHS developed an annual headache symposium in 1970 that continues today. The symposium addresses a variety of topics, with the goal of teaching health care professionals. AHS now holds one teaching symposium a year in addition to its scientific meeting.
  • 1973 First Annual (Scottsdale) Headache Symposium held at the Camelback Inn First Annual (Scottsdale) Headache Symposium held at the Camelback Inn - In 1973 AHS begin holding the Scottsdale Headache Symposium® at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ. Over the past four decades the membership has looked forward to spending their late fall at the Camelback Inn each year to attend this successful Symposium. The Camelback Inn welcomes AHS with open arms every November.
  • 2008 50th Anniversary 50th Anniversary - AHS celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston
  • 2009 AHS developed the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) AHS developed the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) – AHS developed the AMF to support innovative research and education that will lead to improvement in the lives of those who suffer from migraine and other disabling headaches.
  • 2016 AMF begin enrolling patients in the American Registry for Migraine Research The American Migraine Foundation begin enrolling patients in the American Registry for Migraine Research (ARMR) – ARMR is a database containing information about patient diagnosed with migraine and other headache disorders. AMF is proud to support ARMR as it will help better understand the causes and effects of headache disorders and lead to the development of new treatments that will eventually lead to a cure.

Mission Statement

Core Purpose

To improve the care and lives of headache sufferers

Core Values

  • Scientific and professional integrity in headache research, education, and clinical care
  • Access to knowledge about headache
  • Access to quality and compassionate care
  • Leadership and advocacy for headache sufferers and the practice of Headache Medicine

CME Mission Statement

The provision of quality CME is a primary mission of the AHS. The Society’s educational objectives are to continue to improve the knowledge, skills and professional performance of physicians, psychologists and other health professionals in the care of patients with head, neck and orofacial pain by:

  • Providing a forum for presentation of free scientific communication on research and clinical practice
  • Providing educational symposia
  • Improving education in medical schools and residency programs
  • identifying and developing new educational initiatives
  • Supporting education programs directed to people with head, neck and orofacial pain
  • Maintaining strict adherence to ACCME guidelines
  • Developing educational activites and tools that are designed, and then evaluated, for their role in improving the learners’ competence, performance and the overall quality and safety of the care they give to individuals suffering from head, neck and orofacial pain.