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2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (63rd)


Update: AHS leadership has made the difficult yet necessary decision to conduct the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting virtually. The virtual meeting starts June 3, 2021 and will feature live-streamed sessions, live Q&A and pre-recorded lectures available on demand.

For additional details, please view the meeting FAQ here.

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The Annual Scientific Meeting is designed for physicians, psychologists, scientists, researchers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals involved in the care of patients with head, neck, and orofacial pain.

AHS has dedicated over 60 years to leading and serving the headache community.

THE AMERICAN HEADACHE SOCIETY’S® ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING continues to be the premiere venue for the dissemination of the latest and most up-to-date research and scientific advances underlying the practice of Headache Medicine.


The American Headache Society® wishes to take steps to ensure that no individual with disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, or any assistance in registering for this symposium, please contact AHS Meeting Manager, Heidi Jetter at 856-423-0043, write to her at AHS, 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ, 08061, or email AHSHQ@talley.com.


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Amynah Pradhan, PhD


Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS

Mark J. Burish, MD, PhD

Catherine D. Chong, PhD, FAHS

Gregory Dussor, PhD

Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS

Todd J. Schwedt, MD, MSCI, FAHS

Elizabeth Seng, PhD, FAHS

Christina L. Szperka, MD, FAHS


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

  • Explain fundamental mechanisms of headache disorders and how they relate to new therapies
  • Apply an understanding of established and newly introduced therapies to clinical practice
  • Become aware of how headache disorders affect cognitive function
  • Identify the role of sex and gender in headache disorders


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® designates this Other Activity (live and recorded) for a maximum of  28.25* AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Subject to change


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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2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting Preliminary Program Agenda*

*All presentation titles and times are tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

10:00 am – 2:45 pm EDT

Live Session with Q&A
Hot Topics in Basic Science Symposium

  • Interrogating CNS Circuits in Headache and Pain Relief
  • Translational Significance of the Nitroglycerin Model
  • Modulation of Inhibitory Descending Pain Pathway:  Insights into Migraine Pathology and Treatment
  • Imaging Migraine Progression
  • Sexual Dymorphism in Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Voltage Gated Calcium Channels in Migraine
  • Data Blitz
Friday, June 4, 2021

10:00 am – 1:30 pm EDT

Live-streamed Session with Live Q&A
Keynote Presentations:

  • Genes, Stress and Resilience
  • Diversity and Inclusion: How We Can Learn from Others to Improve Diversity in Headache Research
Plenary I: Hot Topics in Headache

  • Role of CGRP in Infection-induced Pain
  • COVID-19 Presentation TBD
Debate: Chronic Migraine

  • Criteria 15- or 8-days per month
Debate: Tension Headache

  • Is this Mechanistically Different than Migraine
Saturday, June 5, 2021

10:00 am – 1:45 pm EDT

Live-streamed Session with Live Q&A
Plenary II: Thinking through the Pain of Migraine: Cognitive Findings, Neuroimaging and Behavioral Strategies

  • Cognition and Pain Processing
  • Cognitive Dysfunction and Migraine
  • Cognitive Strategies and Migraine
Plenary III: Cortical Spreading Depression and Headache

  • Relationship Between CSD and Sleep
  • CSD can evoke Anxiety and Pain
  • CSD Evocation (Clinical base)
Harold G. Wolff Award Lecture
Sunday, June 6, 2021

10:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Live-streamed Session with Live Q&A
Plenary IV: Sex, Gender Specific Differences in Headache

  • Sex Differences in Pain: From Nociceptor to Brain
  • Does Sex/Gender Impact the Brain’s Activation Patterns in Pain?
  • Does Gender Impact the Presentation of Headache Disorders, Response to Treatment, and Adherence; Learnings from Clinic
Early Career Award Lecture
Content Available On-Demand
Special Interest Section Symposium

  • Life in a Pandemic- A window into the life of a person with migraine
    Presented by
    Migraine and Women’s Health Section
  • A Pain in the Neck: Interventional and Physical Therapy Approaches to Neck Pain in Adult and Pediatric Populations with Headache and Temporomandibular Disorders
    Presented by
    Procedural Headache Medicine Section, TMD, Cervical Spine, and Orofacial Pain Section
  • Interpreting Current Evidence on Diet and Physical Activity in Migraine for Clinical Practice
    Presented by
    Behavioral Issues, Co-sponsored by the Methodology, Design, and Statistical Issues Section and the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Section
  • Health Equity and Inclusion in Headache Medicine
    Presented by
    New Investigators and Trainees Section & Underserved Population Section
Scientific Abstract Presentations and Posters
Industry-submitted Abstract Presentations
NIH Roadmap for Migraine Research Update
Seymour Solomon Award Lecture
John R. Graham Award Lecture
Future of Headache Medicine Presentations
6th Annual Migraine Moment Short Film Contest Video Viewing
Scholarship Award Presentations

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2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Fees and Information

Online registration is now open. Click here to register.

AHS Member and Non-member Registration Categories and Fees

Active Member (MD, DO, PhD, DDS) $300.00
Associate Member (RN, NP, PA) $150.00
Trainee Member $75.00
Non-Member (MD, DO, PhD, DDS) $450.00
Non-Member Associate (RN, NP, PA) $200.00
Non-Member Trainee $125.00
Active Military Personnel $75.00
Industry Representative $450.00


Registration Information

Instructions will be sent to the email address provided during registration prior to the anticipated launch date of Thursday, June 3, 2021.

 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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Exhibit and Sponsorship Information

The Exhibit and Sponsorship portal will allow you to select a sponsorship opportunity (virtual booth included) or purchase a virtual exhibit booth without sponsorship. You will also be able to upload your logo, booth materials, video chat with meeting attendees and much more.

To access the portal, please click here and create an account (click to start button) for the 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.

Based on your feedback we are pleased to announce several new features including the availability of a 3D virtual exhibit booth. Additionally, below you will find a summary of the enhancements that we hope you find beneficial for your virtual expo experience:

  • *NEW* 3D Boothcustomizable to provide promotional elements and information to attendees.
  • Banner Advertisementwill appear at the top of the virtual booth and can link to an external URL.
  • Video linka video that provides a short synopsis of your company’s mission or product.
  • Video Chat Roomthose with industry roles can connect with AHS attendees via video chat from the virtual booth.
  • Enhanced Descriptioncan include logo, extended description.
  • Resource Documents (content links / PDF handouts) – provide attendees with material about your company.
  • Exhibit Hall gamification – incentivize meeting attendees to visit your booth.

Through your account, you will have access to all up-to-date information regarding the 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. You can also submit payments and manage your account settings through the portal.

Please be prepared to answer a few more questions this year. The Exhibit Review Committee has made some changes to the review process for both previous and new exhibitors.  For example, if you have a new product or device, and have exhibited in the past, you may be asked to submit additional collateral before receiving final approval to exhibit.

Please click here to view exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.

Industry Supported Events

Industry-supported events, CME or non-CME, will be accessible to all meeting registrants via the virtual meeting site. The deadline to submit requests for Industry-Supported Events is Thursday, April 15, 2021. Download the application here.


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The American Headache Society’s Scientific Program Committee (SPC) welcomes the submission of late-breaking abstracts of original contributions on any topic related to headache at this time. Submit a late-breaking abstract here.

The SPC aims to present the best new scientific research in all areas of headache and recognizes that the results of some exciting research may not be available by the general abstract submission deadline (February 1, 2021).

To this end, the SPC is offering the possibility to submit late breaking abstracts, providing an opportunity to communicate the most recent clinical and scientific breakthroughs. Please note that this abstract submission is solely for abstracts with late breaking data and not for abstracts submitted “late”. Any “late” abstracts will be rejected outright.

In order to fulfil the criteria for a late breaking abstract, when prompted during submission, you must enter the reasons why your abstract is a late breaking abstract. Failure to do so will mean that the abstract will not be submitted.

Each abstract must include objectives, methods, results and conclusions and is limited to 3300 characters (characters include letters, symbols, punctuation and spaces). Mandatory fields are identified with an (*) in the submission site.  If the data submitted has been presented in total or in large part in the past, please note the date and place of the previous presentation(s).

Abstract Topics are as follows:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Presentation/Diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Headache Education
  • Health Services/Outcomes Research
  • Imaging and Neurophysiology
  • Therapeutics
  • Other Clinical Studies
  • Other

For questions or additional information, please contact AHS Headquarters at 856-423-0043 or ahshq@talley.com.


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“Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Awards

The American Headache Society announces the availability of up to 10 “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Awards for the Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting scheduled for June 3-6, 2021.

Recipients 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, and be eligible to receive a stipend up to $1,000 for reimbursement of expenses for food, travel and hotel should the meeting remain an in-person event.

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. Past winners within 2 years are not eligible to apply
  • Reside in the United States or Canada

Recipient requirements:

  • The top three selected will be required to present their proposal or results to attendees at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting
  • All other recipients will be required to submit a poster for display at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Thank you for your interest in applying for a “Frontiers in Headache Research” Scholarship Award. The application period has closed and recipients will be notified in the coming weeks.