Peter Goadsby, MD
Professor of Neurology
Kings College London
Dr. Peter Goadsby is a Neurologist and Professor at Kings College London. He is one of the world’s leading headache experts and researchers. He has won dozens of awards and honors in the field of headache and is one of the most cited of any headache doctor practicing today. Dr. Goadsby has been President of the International Headache Society and has been awarded the prestigious H G Wolff MD Award from the American Headache Society.
Today, Goadsby serves a Trustee of The Migraine Trust and is on the Board of Directors for the American Headache Society and the American Migraine Foundation. Dr. Goadsby is changing the way headache disorders are diagnosed and treated worldwide. He is known for challenging assumptions about migraine in favor of an evidence based perspective. Dr Goadsby has over 1,300 published papers, books, chapters and abstracts.
David Dodick, MD
Director of Migraine Program
Dr. David Dodick is a Professor of Neurology at The Mayo Clinic, Chairman of the International Headache Society and Chair of the American Migraine Foundation. Under his leadership, a major campaign to educate the public about migraine will launch this year. The goal is to raise awareness and funding for better treatments — and a cure.
David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, is Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the Program Director of the Mayo Clinic Neurology Residency Program and Headache Medicine Fellowship Program. He is the Medical Director of the Headache Program as well as the Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Dr.Dodick has authored more than 280 peer-reviewed publications and coauthored 8 books. He serves as Editor in Chief of Cephalalgia and is on the editorial board of several journals including The Neurologist, Postgraduate Medicine and Lancet Neurology. He is the Immediate Past-President of the American Headache Society, Chair of the American Migraine Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the World Federation of Neurology Headache Research Group.
Richard Lipton, MD
Montefiore Headache Center
A noted authority on headaches and migraine, Dr. Richard B. Lipton is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and the Edwin S. Lowe Chair of Neurology at Albert Einstein University in Bronx, NY. Dr. Lipton is recognized internationally for his leadership in the diagnosis, classification and treatment of headache disorders. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Lipton has published eight books and more than 600 original articles and reviews.
Dr. Lipton serves on the advisory council of the International Headache Society and is a former president of the American Headache Society. A noted authority on headaches and migraine, Dr. Lipton is director of the Montefiore Headache Center, recognized internationally for its leadership in the diagnosis, classification and treatment of headache disorders. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Lipton has published eight books and more than 600 original articles and reviews. He is a recipient of the Medical Book Award from the British Medical Association for his text Headache in Clinical Practice.
He is also an associate editor of Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache (the journal of the International Headache Society) and sits on the editorial boards of several journals, including Neurology. He is a three-time recipient of the H.G. Wolff Award for excellence in research from the American Headache Society (AHS). Dr. Lipton serves on the advisory council of the International Headache Society and is a former president of the AHS. He is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of epidemiology and population health at Einstein.
Andrew Charles, MD
Director, Goldberg Migraine Program
UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Andrew Charles is the Director of Headache Research and Treatment and Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He leads the Goldberg Migraine Program, established in December 2015 with the largest single private grant ever for migraine research in order to develop new treatments and research a potential cure.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Headache Society since 2010, and the Board of Trustees for the International Headache Society since 2011. Dr. Charles educates neurologists, headache specialists and primary care physicians around the world on headache research and treatment. He’s also been published in numerous medical journals such as Neurology and Headache, and serves as an associate editor of Cephalalgia.
Les Parrott, PhD
Center for Relationship Development
Dr. Les Parrott is a psychologist and #1 New York Times bestselling author. He and his wife, Dr. Leslie Parrott, are co-founders of the Center for Relationship Development in Seattle. Their books have sold more than 3 million copies and include: Love Talk, Your Time-Starved Marriage, Crazy Good Sex, The Good Fight, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.
Les and Leslie are founders of the game-changing online tool for couples: DeepLoveAssessment.com. Les has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has appeared on a variety of television programs including: CNN, The Today Show, GMA, The View, and Oprah. Visit LesAndLeslie.com
Lawrence Newman, MD
Director, Headache Division
NYU Langone School of Medicine
Lawrence Newman MD is past president of the American Headache Society, a Neurology professor at NYU Langone School of Medicine and a migraine warrior himself. He truly understands the desperation we all feel when it seems like we’re out of treatment options. As director of the headache division at NYU Langone, Dr. Newman leads a team of board-certified neurologists and headache specialists to treat people who have migraines, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, or other headache-related disorders using a variety of approaches – not just the standard therapies.
His research has been published in Neurology, Headache, Cephalalgia and other medical journals. He’s an out-of-the-box thinker who approaches every case with tenacity and humanity to find the best acute treatments for each person.
William Young, MD
Director of Inpatient Program
Jefferson Headache Center
Joel Saper, MD
Founder and Director
Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute
As founder and director of Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute, Dr. Joel Saper is world-renowned for his breakthrough research on head, neck and facial pain, and the author of eight books and over 300 medical articles. He is featured in major television and news media as an authority of headache and migraine.
A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Saper has presided over the American Association for the Study of Headache, the American Headache Society, and taught other physicians at the American Academy of Neurology and Michigan State University.
Kathleen Digre, MD
Director, Headache Clinic
University of Utah Headache & Neuro-Opthamology
Kathleen B. Digre, MD, specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Headache which includes disorders such as Photophobia and visual loss as well as Headache disorders such as Migraine. Over her prestigious career she has won multiple awards and taken several leadership positions including her current position as president elect of the American Headache Society.
She has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles, chapters and reviews. And she is listed in the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Digre is a Neurologist, Ophthalmologist and is Board Certified in Headache Medicine. She practices at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Dawn Buse, PhD
Director of Behavioral Therapy
Montefiore Headache Center
R. Allan Purdy, MD
Professor, School of Medicine
Dalhousie University, Canada
Dr. R. Allan Purdy is a Neurologist and Professor in the School of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Purdy is currently the President of the American Headache Society, and has also served as president of the Canadian Headache Society and on the Board of Directors of the International Headache Society.
Dr. Purdy is regarded as one of the most gifted teachers in the field, developing educational programs for physicians around the world who care for patients with headache diseases. As important as his research and education work, Dr. Purdy continues to see headache patients in his Canadian clinic, from whom he learns more about the remarkable mechanisms embedded in the brain.
Todd Schwedt, MD
Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
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Amaal Starling, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dr. Amaal J. Starling is an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She joined Mayo in 2012 and is currently a Consultant within the Department of Neurology.
Dr. Starling received her M.D. degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a Transitional Year Residency, a Neurology Residency, and a Headache Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society (AHS), the American Medical Association and the American Pain Society. She is the Co-Chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association, Chair of the New Investigator and Trainee special interest section of the AHS, and serves as a member of the AHS Annual Meeting Scientific Committee. She is a perennial speaker at the AHS Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dr. Starling has been the recipient of numerous awards including the AHS Above and Beyond Award for Service, Manfred D. Muenter Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Residency Scholarship, the 2012 Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.
Dr. Starling has several peer-reviewed publications and abstracts related to her fields of interest which include migraine, concussion, posttraumatic headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, secondary headaches, telemedicine and teleconcussion, neurology resident education, and professionalism and clinical ethics.
Deborah Friedman, MD
Dr. Deborah Friedman is a Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics and Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she directs the Headache and Facial Pain Program and the Integrated Project Team for Intracranial Pressure Disorders. She is Board Certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine.
Dr. Friedman is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, the American Neurological Association and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society. She has been elected to the “Best Doctors in America” yearly since 1998 and US News and World Report Top Doctors since 2011.
Brian Grosberg, MD
Hartford HealthCare Headache Center
Dr. Brian Grosberg is the Director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Neurologist and Headache Specialist who’s been awarded the Best Doctors Award for the last 4 years, several Fellowships and other honors of professional and academic distinction.
He is a committee member of the American Council of Headache Education, Chair of the refractory headache special interest section within the American Headache Society and is a member of several other professional organizations. Dr Grosberg is also the author or co-author of over 100 published articles, abstracts and book chapters.
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Professor Lyn Griffiths is the Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, the largest interdisciplinary research institute at Queensland University of Technology. She is a molecular geneticist with over 22 years experience studying human complex gene disorders with specific expertise in the human gene mapping, gene expression analysis including migraine, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer.
Professor Griffiths leads the Genomics Research Centre (GRC). The GRC is a well equipped research centre including principal researchers, postdoctoral scientists, research assistants, nurses, postgraduate and honours students, and is funded by national competitive grants and industry. The main focus of research in the GRC is the identification of genes involved in common human disorders and the translation of this research into new diagnostics and therapeutics.
Prof Griffiths has established significant genomic population resources for her research, including a unique case-controlled, multigenerational pedigree and genetic isolate from Norfolk Island. Recent studies at the GRC have mapped several migraine, CVD, MS and cancer gene loci and have implicated a number of candidate genes in disease susceptibility.
Susan Hutchinson, MD
Woman’s Guide to Managing Migraines
Dr. Susan Hutchinson is a headache specialist and board-certified family practice physician. In February 2007, she founded Orange County Migraine & Headache Center, dedicated to serving patients with headache and mood disorders. Although she is not a psychiatrist, she has developed a special interest in treating mood disorders as well as headache. The mood disorders she treats include depression; anxiety; bipolar disorder; ADHD; and panic attacks.
Dr. Hutchinson suffers from migraine headaches which gives her an empathy with her patients. She felt such a calling to help patients with headache and mood disorders that she decided to specialize and devote her career to alleviating the suffering caused by both headaches and mood disorders. She lectures nationally on the subject of headache; has written dozens of articles for medical journals; participated in headache research projects and is very active in numerous professional organizations such as the American Headache Society and the National Headache Foundation.
She is the immediate post-chair of the Women’s Issues section of the American Headache Society after serving in the chair position for 5 years. Dr. Hutchinson is a dynamic and sought-after speaker. She speaks for community groups as well as professional groups. In 2010 she became the President of The Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians.
Patricia Pozo Rosich, MD
Director, Headache and Neurological Pain Research
Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research, Spain
Matthew Robbins, MD
Director, Inpatient Services
Montefiore Headache Center
Amy Gelfand, MD
Pediatric Headache Specialist
Paul Martin, PhD
Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. He is a clinical and health psychologist who completed his training at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology.
He has held a number of professional leadership positions including National President of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association, and Director of Science and then President of the APS. Professor Martin was President of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology held in Melbourne in 2010. His main research interest has been headache and migraine, with subsidiary interests in stress, depression (including postnatal depression), and social support.
He has authored/edited eight books and 148 journal articles and chapters. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal “For service to Australian society and medicine”, and in 2015 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia “For service to medicine in the field of psychology”
Lars Jacob Stovner, MD
Professor of Neurology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dr. Lars Jacob Stovner is someone that us been advocating on our behalf for decades through his work with the World Health Organisation and many other prestigious commissions such as Director of the international NGO “Lifting the Burden: The global campaign against headache”. He was also a partner in the EU project “Eurolight” from 2006 to 2010.
Currently he is the Professor of Neurology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Head of the Norwegian National Headache Centre. He has also been the President of the Norwegian Migraine Society, Co-editor of The Journal of Headache and Pain and Faculty member of the European Brain Council. It is difficult to overstate our guest’s contribution to the field of headache and migraine. He has 236 scientific publications registered in PubMed, 23 Book chapters and has been cited over 16,000 times.
Andrea Harriott, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Headache Center
Joanna Kempner, PhD
Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health
Joanna Kempner is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University where she writes, researches and speaks about medicine, science, politics, gender and the body. She is the author of Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, an award winning book that examines the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain.
In addition to studying how social relations shape the production of knowledge, she is also on the vanguard of research investigating how the social world shapes what we do not know or what scholars are now calling “agnotology,” aka the study of ignorance or the “flip side” of epistemology. She is a recipient of Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, one of Rutgers’ highest honors.Her research can be read in a wide-range of academic and popular venues, including Science, Headache, Social Science & Medicine, and Migraine.com.
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Larry Charleston IV, MD
Professor of Neurology
University of Michigan Medical School
The Daily Migraine
Lisa Jacobson is the founder of The Daily Migraine, and a lifetime migraine sufferer who’s on an unrelenting search to find a cure. In the meantime, her engaging memes give people who don’t get migraines a glimpse into what life is like for those of us who do.
Lisa is also Founder and CEO of an academic tutoring company, and serves on the board of the American Migraine Foundation.
Kerrie Smyres has lived with migraine and chronic daily headache for more than 25 years. She has always loved writing and needed a creative outlet after the migraines became so debilitating that she quit work, so The Daily Headache was born in June 2005. What began as a way to share her experiences quickly became the best job she ever had. She learned so much about migraine, headache disorders and chronic illness, discovered new coping strategies and treatments, and met incredible people.
She found a particular interest in writing about the emotional experience of chronic illness. Kerrie loved it so much that she began writing for Migraine.com in 2011. After spending six years in Seattle and a year in Boston, Kerrie moved back to her hometown of Phoenix in November 2010. Saying goodbye to Seattle was heartbreaking, but the cloudy and fickle weather in Boston were terrible migraine triggers. In Phoenix she is now reconnecting with dear friends, being close to family, and, having fewer migraine attacks with the more stable weather.
Passionate, introspective, empathetic (sometimes overly so), fun-loving, stubborn and brave are the best adjectives to describe Kerrie. Her interests include baking, traveling, practicing yoga, reading, watching baseball and making messes with her craft of the month.
Zubair Ahmed, MD
Mindfulness for Health
Vidyamala was born and raised in New Zealand and first became interested in meditation in 1985 when receiving hospital treatment for a spinal injury. She intuited that meditation, mindfulness and kindness/compassion could offer a unique means of easing the mental suffering associated with the physical pain she was experiencing, which has turned out to be the case. For the subsequent 30 years she has continued to follow this thread, moving to the UK in 1990 to live at Taraloka, a retreat centre in Shropshire, training further in meditation and preparing for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1995.
Her spinal condition deteriorated further in the late 1990s and she now uses crutches or a wheelchair for mobility due to partial paraplegia, but her overall quality of life has continued to improve as she has become more and more adept at managing her responses to her physical condition and enriching her life in other ways. In 1996 she moved to Manchester and in 2001 she started teaching mindfulness-based approaches to others living with physical pain and illness, with funding from the Millennium Commission.
In 2004 she founded Breathworks with Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey, both good friends of hers, who are very experienced meditators and teachers. Breathworks has now spread internationally with trainers in over 25 countries. Vidyamala teaches internationally on both Breathworks and Buddhist courses and retreats. She is an author of three books including Mindfulness for Health (2013) which won first prize in the British Medical Association book awards 2014 in the popular medicine category for books aimed at the general public
Josh Turknett, MD
The Migraine Miracle
Meteorologist and SVP
Michael Steinberg is the pioneer behind the first-ever Migraine weather forecast to explain the science behind various weather conditions and patterns that can trigger attacks for some people. Michael Steinberg is an Expert Senior Meteorologist, Senior Vice President and Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Accuweather.
He’s a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, received numerous awards for weather technology innovation, and holds several patents for the invention of weather indices. He’s been quoted in Science, The New York Times, The Economist and worked with the US Departments of Energy and Transportation, as well as NASA.
Jenni Grover Prokopy
Jenni Grover Prokopy is founder of ChronicBabe.com, where she draws on her experience with fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions to teach women to live well despite illness. Her book on crafting an incredible life beyond illness—ChronicBabe 101—will be published in 2017. For 25 years, Jenni has enjoyed success as a writer, speaker, activist, and consultant to hundreds of organizations worldwide. She focuses on health care, helping others craft and share stories of strength, wellness, and inspiration in the face of adversity.
Many women with chronic pain or illness feel they don’t have a voice in the healthcare conversation. In fact, women are far under-represented in conversations about law, finance, and social issues related to health care. Jenni’s work is meant to strengthen women’s voices and help them be heard about the reality of life with chronic illness.
Ping Ho, PhD
Founder and Director
UCLArts and Healing
Ping Ho is Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices. She was founding administrator for both the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine and UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology .
She developed the UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program to educate people how to develop their own arts-based programs that maximize social and emotional benefits – something that has great potential for people suffering from chronic pain conditions like migraine.
Brian Gifford, PhD
Director of Research
Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI)
As Director of Research for the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a non-profit association, Dr. Brian Gifford’s work examines the workforce productivity implications of issues such as health risks and chronic conditions. Dr. Gifford knows a thing or two about migraine. He’s the author of the 2013 study, Sharing the Pain: Productivity of Employees with Migraines and Chronic Headaches.
In addition to giving insights to employers on migraine and headache disability, the study served as a catalyst to get people talking about how to engage people affected by frequent migraine and headache more effectively.
Bob is 63 years old and has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. Together they have raised 4 children and are currently the proud grandparents of 7. He was diagnosed with Cluster Headaches approximately 38 years ago which eventually lead to his founding Clusterbusters, Inc. in 2002. In addition to his work as founder and President with Clusterbusters Inc., Bob sits on the Board of Directors of AHDA (the Alliance for Headache Disorder Advocacy) and was one of the founding board members of AHMA (the American Headache and Migraine Association).
Bob’s work and accomplishments include legislative initiatives and organizing events for the patient community and medical professionals in Washington DC. Among these successful issues have been the adoption of legislation, increased research funding, testifying before the FDA for additional treatment options and the writing of training manuals for government agencies.
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