February 8, 2018

Recapping the 2018 International Headache Academy

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Originally posted on February 8, 2018

An overview of the fifth annual IHA meeting, co-sponsored by the American Headache Society

In late January, The American Headache Society, in partnership with the American Migraine Foundation, the Canadian Headache Society and the International Headache Society, hosted the 2018 International Headache Academy at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, CA. Young clinicians and scientists gathered from across the US, Canada and Latin America for an overview of the current state of headache medicine, including information research priorities, developing treatments and more.

This year’s program welcomed 55 delegates from esteemed headache programs across the country. Once IHA faculty members Andrew C. Charles, MD, FAHS, David Dodick, MD, FAHS and Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, FAHS concluded their opening remarks, it was the delegates that took over presentations for the majority of the weekend. They shared case studies and presentations on the the top clinical and basic science papers of 2017. They also participated in debates, providing a range of insights on the pros and cons of emerging migraine therapies, like neuromodulation and CGRP monoclonal antibodies. The event concluded with an opportunity for attendees to ask faculty members, many of whom were AHS members.

“Bringing together some of the most innovative minds and talented young clinicians and scientists in the field of headache medicine gives us all an invaluable opportunity to learn from each other, exchange ideas and new ways of thinking, stimulate collaboration  to advance research and our broader understanding of headache medicine in unprecedented ways,” said Dr. David Dodick, Chairman of the Board of the American Migraine Foundation and Past-President of the International Headache Society.

The International Headache Academy was founded with the goal to inspire a long-term commitment to headache medicine in future neurologists and researchers. The event provides an invaluable knowledge share between headache professionals and young physicians and researchers in the field, through both the lectures and informal mentorship that took place throughout the weekend.

The American Headache Society is dedicated to nurturing talent in the headache field through both outreach and continued education. We would like to thank both the faculty and the delegates for enriching the field of headache medicine with their contributions, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Author: heather
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