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2020 Scottsdale Headache Symposium


Update: Virtual sessions will launch November 21, 2020

Following careful consideration, the American Headache Society (AHS) leadership has made the difficult yet necessary decision to cancel the in-person portion of the AHS Scottsdale Headache Symposium® originally scheduled for November 19 – 22, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ. The meeting will now be virtual and launch on November 21, 2020. Please save the date and check back for additional details.

The Scottsdale Headache Symposium® is designed for general practitioners, internists, pediatricians, neurologists, anesthesiologists, dentists, physical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other health professionals who treat headache. The Symposium provides practical, clinical, evidence-based information on the diagnosis, management and treatment of headache patients.


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Scottsdale Program Committee


Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Stewart J. Tepper, MD, FAHS
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Christine Lay, MD, FAHS
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Committee Members

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, District of Columbia
Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California
Stephanie J. Nahas, MD, MSEd, FAHS
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carrie Dougherty, MD, FAHS
Georgetown Headache Center
Washington, District of Columbia
Matthew S. Robbins, MD, FAHS
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York
A. Laine Green, MD, FAHS
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia



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At the conclusion of this meeting, attendees should be better able to:

  • Acquire basic knowledge in diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of primary and secondary headache disorders, to apply in clinical practice and research
  • Clarify differences in the clinical characteristics of migraine, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, other primary and secondary headaches to optimize outcomes in clinical practice and research
  • Extend their information base on the most important new cutting-edge Headache Medicine treatments for both utilization in and assessment of success in clinical practice
  • Prepare options for practical application in the treatment of difficult to treat or refractory headaches


The provision of quality CME is a primary mission of the American Headache Society®. 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 educational programs directed to people with head, neck, and orofacial pain
  • Maintaining strict adherence to ACCME guidelines
  • Developing education activities 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


The American Headache Society® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Headache Society® takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The American Headache Society® designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


All contributors who can affect American Headache Society CME content (including Leadership, Program Chairs, Program Committee Members, Moderators, Faculty, Speakers, Reviewers, Teachers, Authors, Medical Writers and Staff), in their respective roles, are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that could be viewed as a real or perceived conflict of interest. Contributors will also identify relevant financial relationships of their spouse, partner or immediate family. This policy is in effect to maintain adherence with the conflict of interest guidelines set by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Headache Society Ethics Committee.

Prior to the program, attendees will be made aware of the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships for any contributors who may affect the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity. The presence or absence of relevant financial relationships for any contributor who affects content are listed on the AHS website, mobile app (where applicable), presented verbally and in slide form. Individuals who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a contributor and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management presentation or evaluation of the CME activity.


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Preliminary Virtual Program*

*Subject to change

Click here to download a copy of the preliminary agenda

Launch date: November 21, 2020
Opening Remarks

Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS, President

Stewart J. Tepper, MD, FAHS, Co-chair, Scottsdale Program Planning Committee

Christine L. Lay, MD, FAHS, Co-chair, Scottsdale Program Planning Committee

Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS, Co-chair, Scottsdale Program Planning Committee

The Anatomy of Headache and Orofacial Pain: An Interventional Based Cadaver Course
Temporomandibular Disorders: Diagnosis and Management
Cranial Neuralgias: Nerve Blocks and Other Interventional Procedures
Cadaver Dissection Session
Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (HCOP)
Neuro-opthalmology and Headache
Letters from the List Serv
Moving the Needle
Patient Advocacy and the Role of the NP in Managing Headache Patients
Headache 101
Diagnostic Pearls
Acute Treatment
Prevention of Chronic Migraine
Advanced Course: Neuroinflammation and Migraine
Overview of Neuroinflammation
Inflammatory Priming of Dura
Meningeal Lymphatics, CGRP and AM
Sex and Stress on Meningeal Immune Cells
Treg Cells in Headache
CSD Activation of Meningeal Immune Cells
Dural Mast Cells
NP / PA – The Bridge
Risk Factors
Acute Medications
Plenary I: What’s New in Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment
Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls
Migraine Epidemiology
Applied Migraine Pathophysiology
Acute Migraine Treatment
Migraine Preventive Treatment
Plenary II: Advanced Headache
Chronic Migraine
Cluster Headache
Images in Headache: Test Your Knowledge
Plenary III: Steven B. Graff-Radford Award Lectureship
Plenary IV: Vascular Controversies in Migraine
Should I Prescribe these New Therapies to my Patient?
Is my Patient with Migraine at Risk for Stroke?
Does my Patient have a Primary Headache or a Vascular Secondary Headache?
Can my Patient with Migraine use Hormonal Therapies?
Triptans and Vascular Disease – Are my Fears Justified?
The Answer Is…..
Plenary V: Cutting Edge / Emerging Therapies
Anti-CGRP Therapies
Beyond CGRP: New and Emerging Therapies
Frontiers in Headache Research Award Lectures
Plenary VI: Women’s Health
Women’s Health Science Award Lecture
Pregnancy Post-Partum / Conception
Adolescent Migraine
Peri-Menopause and Menopause
Injection Training
Neurotoxin Therapy and Demonstration
Nerve Blocks and Demonstration
Basic Science
Potential Mechanistic Synergy in Migraine Therapy
Pre-Clinical Models of Headache
Statistical Issues in Scientific Research
Secondary Headaches – Post-traumatic Headache / CSF Pressure
Post-traumatic Headache Management in Pediatric and Adults
High CSF Pressure
Low CSF Pressure
Pediatric Use of New Therapies
Headache Hygiene (lifestyle and school)
Migraine Reduction Therapies
Challenging Cases
TACs and Other Primary Headaches
Other TACs: HC and PH
Cranial Neuralgias and SUNCT
Other Primary Headaches
Case Studies
Journals and Publications
Book Review
American Migraine Foundation – Past, Present, Future & Employer/Employee Advocacy
AHDA – Legislative Advocacy
HMPF: Headache & Migraine Policy
AHS: Clinician Advocacy
Vestibular / Sleep
Sleep Didactic
Basics of Vestibular Migraine
Behavioral and Wellness
Adult Challenging Cases
Peds Challenging Cases
Mindfulness and Behavioral Apps
Practice Management
Basic Coding
Advanced Coding
Practice Management Overview



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2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium Registration Fees and Information

Online registration is now open. Click here to register.

AHS Member and Non-member Registration Categories and Fees

Category Fee
AHS MEMBER Complimentary

Trainees, Residents, Medical Students, Graduate Students





*This fee may be applied toward an AHS membership after registration has been completed. A discount code will be provided in your registration confirmation email and must be redeemed by January 31, 2021.

Registration Information

Access information to the Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium website will be sent to the email address provided during registration prior to the anticipated launch date of November 21, 2020.

 Acceptable Forms of Payment

Credit cards may be used for all registrations. AHS accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Charges will appear on your statement as “AHS Registration.”


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Industry Supported Events

Industry-supported events, CME or non-CME, will be accessible to all meeting registrants via the virtual meeting site. All requests for Industry-Supported Events must be submitted no later than September 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT.

2020 Industry-supported Event Request Form

Please check back in September 2020 for additional information on exhibits and sponsorship.


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“Frontiers in Headache Research” Award

AHS announces the availability of the “Frontiers in Headache Research” Awards for the opportunity to present virtually during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium.

Winners will receive complimentary meeting registration and a one-year AHS Trainee membership if not already a member of AHS, or a one-year extension of their existing AHS Trainee membership.

Criteria for selection are based on:

  • The quality of the research proposal/project
  • The potential for the proposal, study or thesis to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and future research in the field of headache medicine

Applicant must:

  • Be a headache medicine Fellow, Resident, and/or post-doctoral Fellow who is in preparatory, active or completion phase of a basic or clinical research project that is related to headache or cranial nociception
  • Not have won an AHS scholarship within the past 2 years
  • Reside in the United States or Canada

Recipient requirements:

  • The top three selected will be required to submit a virtual platform presentation during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium
  • All other recipients will be required to submit a virtual poster for display during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium

Thank you for your interest in the “Frontiers in Headache Research” Award. The application period has passed.

Women’s Health Science Award

The American Headache Society’s Women’s Health Science Award recognizes an investigator, woman or man, whose body of work has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of topics related to women’s health (sex or gender) and headache medicine. Investigators whose original research has pertained to basic science, clinical or multidisciplinary research may be considered for this award.

This award makes a statement that women’s issues in headache medicine are of crucial importance and that enduring work in such an area should be recognized and rewarded. The award will be presented during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium.

The award recipient will receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration and the opportunity to present their award-winning body of work during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Headache Symposium
  • The invitation to write a review article in Headache® on their award-winning topic
  • A certificate of recognition

Thank you for your nomination! The nomination period has passed.


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AHS members are invited to participate in Special Interest Section meetings that will be held virtually via Zoom. To access dial-in details, please log into your member account and access the event under “My Profile.”

Date Time (ET) Section
2-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Primary Front Line Headache Care
5-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Underserved Populations in Headache Medicine
10-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Complementary and Integrative Medicine
11-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Advanced Practice Providers
13-Nov 3:00 – 4:00 pm Post-traumatic Headache
13-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Refractory, Inpatient, and Emergency Care
17-Nov 12:00 – 1:00 pm Women’s Health
18-Nov 6:00 – 7:00 pm TMD, Cervical Spine, & Orofacial Pain
18-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Behavioral Issues
19-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Methodology, Design, and Statistical Issues
19-Nov 8:00 – 9:00 pm New Investigators and Trainees
24-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias
23-Nov 7:00 – 8:00 pm Clinical Informatics
25-Nov 6:00 – 7:00 pm Migraine and Vascular Disease