The American Headache Society is proud to support recipients of the “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Awards attendance to the Annual Scientific Meeting and Scottsdale Headache Symposium® each year.

Recipients will be selected based on the quality of their research proposal or study and the potential for the proposal, study or thesis to contribute to the advancement of the field of headache medicine, with preference given to current AHS Trainee members. Applicants must be a headache medicine Fellow, Resident and/or post-doctoral fellow in the US or Canada who is in preparatory, active or completion phase of a basic or clinical research project that is related to headache or cranial nociception. Applicants must not have won an AHS scholarship within the past two years. Past winners within two years are not eligible to apply.

Recipients will receive complimentary meeting registration, a stipend up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses, and a one-year AHS Trainee membership (or a one-year extension of an existing Trainee membership). The top three selected will be invited to present their research proposal or results to attendees during the Annual Scientific Meeting or Scottsdale Headache Symposium. All other recipients will be invited to present a poster for display at the meeting and participate in optional Q&A sessions.

The application period is now open for the 2023 Scottsdale Headache Symposium! View details and apply here.


Congratulations to the 2023 recipients attending the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting!

Platform Presenters:

Sarah Louise Christensen, DVM, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


Migraine signaling events in the meninges

Danielle J. Kellier
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Racial and ethnic disparities in headache management in the pediatric emergency room

Ana B. Salinas-Abarca, PhD
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD


Contribution of intra-ganglionic S1P-S1PR1 axis to peripheral and central sensitization in a migrainelike

Paula Sureda-Gibert, DO
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 

Investigating the Role of Astrocytic Adenosine A3 Receptors (A3AR) in a Preclinical Model of Migraine

Poster Presenters:

Richard Baron, MD
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


The Efficacy of Rimegepant in the Treatment of Vestibular Migraine: A Single-Arm, Open-Label Study

Jack Botros, DDS, MS
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Los Angeles, CA 

The Effectiveness of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for V2 Trigeminal Neuropathic pain: A Randomised Double-blinded Placebo-controlled trial

Michelle Bravo, MD
University of Miami
Miami, FL


Telemedicine Adoption in a Tertiary Academic Outpatient Center amongst Hispanic Patients with Headache Disorders; Sociodemographic and Clinical Factors

Skyler L. Kanegi, MD
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX


Neurofeedback as adjunct treatment in pharmacologically-managed migraine

Kristyn M. Pocock, MD
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Winston-Salem, NC


Macromastia and Headache: Defining the Headache Prior to Reduction Mammoplasty

Seonkyeong Yang, MS
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL


Patient Characteristics and Trends in Medication Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Migraine


Past Recipients

2022 Scottsdale

Elise Hennessy, MD
Jayasai Jeyarajan, MD
Ann M. Murray, MD
Christopher C. Anderson, MD
Aakash Bhargava, MD
Liam G. Clark, MD
Ishani Kumar, MD
Minal V. Patel, DO
Tahoora Keyvan Sadoughi, MD
Jessica A. Saunders, MD
Konstantinos Tourlas, MD

Denver 2022

Paige Estave, PhD
Caroline Kopruszinski, PhD
Brian LaGrant, MD
Mai-Lynn Bui, DO
Jay Dave, DO
Andrew Day, MD
Lucia Liao, MD
Riya Luhar, DO
Ann Oh, MD
Katrina Nayak, MD
Peter Soh, MD, MPH

Scottsdale 2021

Vimala N. Bharadwaj, PhD, MS
Robert Gibler, PhD
Ivy C. Gosnell, MSBH, MA
Kate O. Bedrin, MD
Daniel Noam Lax, MD
Kendra Pham, MD, MPH
Jyotika Singh, DO
Anjali Sundaramoorthy, DO
Velina Tzankova, MD
David P. Walker, MD

Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

Sarah Bobker, MD
Nikita Chhabra, DO
Crystal Jicha, MD
Caitlin Christensen, MD
Kelsey Duncan, MD
Ankita Ghosh, MD
Jasmin Harpe, MD, MPH
Farrah Khan, MD
Olga Lekontseva, MD, PhD
Aarushi Suneja, MD

Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium 2020

Nicole Butler, MS
Skyler Kanegi, BA
Chantel Strachan, MD
Elizabeth Ackley, MD
Karissa Arca, MD
Lais Bhering Martins, PhD
Maria Garcia-Ayala, MD
Leon Moskatel, MD
Daniel Oh, MD
Liza Smirnoff, MD

Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

Tommy Chan, MD
Fred Cohen, MD
Simona Denise Frederiksen, PhD, MS
Jessica Hauser, MD, PhD
Candice Todd-Aziz, MD
Hsiangkuo Yuan, MD, PhD
Chia-Chun Chiang, MD
Ami Cuneo, MD
Lindsay Frerichs, MD
Payal Patel Soni, MD
Alise Pham, DO

Scottsdale 2019

Valerie Klats, MD
Caroline Kopruszinski, PhD, MS
Katherine M. Podraza, MD, PhD
Jared Bartell, MD
Maria F. Hernandez Nuno de la Rosa, DDS, MS
Maya A. Marzouk, MA
Ioana Medrea, MD
Sandhya Mehla, MD
Karen V. Morgenshtern Yacoby, MD
Amir Soheil Tolebeyan, MD

Philadelphia 2019

Hannah F. Johnson, MD
Erika Liktor-Busa, PhD
Hadas Nahman-Averbuch, PhD
Virginia Baker, MD
Shae Datta, MD
Angela Y. Hou, MD
Jessica Kiarashi, MD
Jason H. Lin, MD
Elanagan Nagarajan, MD
Andrea Portt, MS

Scottsdale 2018

Olivia Begasse de Dhaem, MD
Jennifer Robblee, MD
Matthew Burke, MD
John Burkett, MD
Claire Ceriani, MD
Arash Danesh, MD
Raquel Fonseca, MD
Joshua Lai, MD
Alina Masters-Israilov, MD
Brooke Reidy, PhD

San Francisco 2018

Isaac Dripps, PhD
Yadira Flores-Montanez, MD
Katherine Hamilton, MD
Eric Kaiser, Md, PhD
Simy Parikh, MD
Valentina Popova, MD
Liza Smirnoff, MD
Tsubasa Takizawa MD, PhD
Tresa Zacharias, MD

Scottsdale 2017

Matthew K. Banks, DO
Chia-Chun Chiang, MD
Michelle Evans, DO
Caitlin Holtby, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Andrew W. Hurd, MD
Shema J. Mathew, MD
Danny A. Monsour, MD
Jason Nazar, DO

Boston 2017

William Renthal, MD, PhD
Sophie Wilcox, PhD
Claire Sandoe, MD, MSc
Angeliki Vgontzas, MD
Paula Barbisan, DDS, PhD
Melanie Truong, Do, OD
Bruno Pradler, PhD
Seniha Ozudogru, MD
Phil Zhang, MD

Scottsdale 2016

Rebecca Barmherzig, MD
Ian Crain, MD
Jennifer Hranilovich, MD
William Kingston, MD, FRCPC
Hadas Nahman-Averbuch, PhD
Stacy Smith, MD
Harjasleen Walia, MD
Christopher Walker, PhD
Maggie Waung, MD, PhD
Jerry Wei, MD

San Diego 2016

Ashhar Ali, Do
Cynthia Armand, MD
Olivia Begasse de Dhaem, MD
Sajedeh Eftekhari, PhD
Noah Gross, PhD
Suzanne Hagler, MD
Seyedali Hejazi, MD
Chelsea Hesterman, MD
Adam Sprouse Blum, MD
Julio Vieira, MD, MS
LInh Vu, BA

Scottsdale 2015

Zubair Ahmed, MD
Thomas Berk, MD
Abigail L. Chua, DO
Jessica Dawlaty, PhD
Megan Bennet Irby, PhDc, MS
Hida del Carmen Nierenburg, MD
Meabh O’Hare, MD
Nathaniel Schuster, MD
Levi Sowers, PhD
Juliana VanderPluym, MD, FRCPC
Treasach Christiane Vargas, DO
Kevin Weber, MD, MHA
Cristina Wohlgehagen, MD
Shuhan Zhu, MD

Washington 2015

Hannah Johnson, BS, MD Candidate
Serena L. Orr, MD, MSc Candidate
Homa Sadeghian, MD

Scottsdale 2014

Carlos Escasena MD
Dr. Alexandra J Faber MSc MB ChB FRCPC (Pediatrics)
Melissa L. Rayhill, MD
Roni Sharon MD

Los Angeles 2014

Nelli Boykoff, MD
Catherine Chong, PhD
Mia Minen, MD, MPH
Punam Sawant-Pokam, PhD

Scottsdale 2013

A. Laine Green, MD
Jakob Møller Hansen, MD, PhD
Dan Kaufmann, PhD
Amy R. Tso, MD

IHC 2013

Serapio M. Baca, PhD
Deepak K. Bhatt, MS (Pharm)
Nathan T. Fried
Sajedeh Eftekhari, PhD(c)
K. Ibrahimi, MSc
Eric A. Kaiser, MD, PhD(c)
Margarida Martins Oliveira, PhD(c)

Scottsdale 2012

Shivang Joshi, MD, MPH, RPH
Lydia Vermeer, PhD

Los Angeles 2012

Rebecca Burch, MD
Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD
Christoph Schankin, MD
Huma Sheikh, MD

Scottsdale 2011

Brandon Aylward, PhD
Meghan S. Candee, MD, MS
Adelene Jann, MD
Mollie Johnston, MD
Cynthia L. Mayer, DO, MS

DC 2011

Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD Student
Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD student
Kaveer Nandigam, MD
Larus Gudmundsson, MSc, PhD
Lauren Baillie, MA, PhD candidate
Nasim Maleki, PhD

Scottsdale 2010

Jay Desai, MD
Eric A. Kaiser, BS
Christina Szperka, MD
Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH
Jin Yan, BS
Los Angeles 2010
Anna Andreou, PhD
Larry Charleston, IV, MD
Jan Hoffmann, MD
Graham Scanlon, MD
Oliver Summ, MD

Scottsdale 2009

Rashmi Halker, MD
Brigitte Lovell, DMD
Brian Jenkins, DO
Alyssa Lettich, MD
Till Sprenger, MD

IHC 2009

Sait Ashina, MD
Youssef Dakka, MD
Christina Maxwell, PhD(c)
Satnam Singh Nijjar, MD, FRCPC
Aarti Sarwal, MD

Scottsdale 2008

Jessica Ailani, MD
Joshua Cohen, MD, MPH
Youssef Dakka, MD
Teshamae Monteith, MD
Hope O’Brien, MD

Boston 2008

Anna Andreou, PhD(c)
Emily Bates, PhD
Annabelle Charbit, PhD(c)
Matthew Robbins, MD
Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD

Scottsdale 2007

Heidi Blume, MD, MPH
Michael Liebenstein, MA
Christopher Liverman
Nicholas Stucky
Bert Vargas, MD

Chicago 2007

Heather Adkins, MD
Syed Arshad, MD
Sait Ashina, MD
Marisa Chang, MD
Michael Marmura, MD
Todd Smitherman, PhD

Miami 2007

Svetlana Blitshteyn, MD
Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, MD
Zhicheng Li, MD
Jeffrey Liou, DO
Scott Palmer, MD
Esther Rawner, MD

Scottsdale 2005

Angela Marie Applebee, MD
Stafford A. Conway, MD
Sutapa Ford, PhD
Barbara Lee Peterlin, DO

Philadelphia 2005

E. Amy Janke, PhD
Hans Katzberg, MD
Agnes Supala, MD
Ziad Elchami, MD

Las Vegas 2005

Jennifer P. Bassiur, DDS
Nicklesh Thakur, DO

Scottsdale 2004

Susan Broner, MD
Brian M. Grosberg, MD
Irfan Lalani, MD
Patricia Pozo-Rosich, MD

Vancouver 2004

Lori Billinghurst, MD, MSc
Susan Broner, MD