Read the EHF Newsletter - July 2015 Issue
EHF Newsletter - July 2015
Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the July issue of the EHF Newsletter! We are proud to present this newsletter which highlights our various successes and future activities. 

In this issue, read about the following EHF Activities:                           
  • Letter from IHC 2015 Congress co-Chair                  
  • ‘What’s Under the Hat?’ campaign by EHA                         
  • Welcome new EHF members
  • The Journal of Headache and Pain update
  • Enrico Greppi Award announcement
  • What's On...
  • Past Events
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From all of us at EHF, happy reading!

Best Wishes,
Prof Christian Lampl

Newsletter Editor
EHF General Secretary


Letter from IHC 2015 Congress co-Chair

The 17th Congress of the International Headache Society was held in Valencia, Spain, from the 13th to 17th of June. It has been organized by Prof. A Rapoport and Prof. JM Láinez. The Congress has been very successful and has had an attendance of 1.112 delegates from 74 different countries and over abstracts were presented. It started with a very interesting symposium on neuromodulation and the general structure was similar to other congress. Teaching courses in basic and clinic issues were very well attended. As it was celebrated in Spain there were some activities in Spanish and a symposium devoted to the situation of the headache in Neolatin countries.  The opening ceremony was officially inaugurated by the regional Ministry of Health and the presidential symposium was devoted to show the past and the future of headache filed. A moment of special emotion was the recognition of the professional career of Prof. James Lance. There were multiple scientific sessions on different topics as epidemiology and genetics, the relation of migraine with vascular diseases or posttraumatic headache and one devoted to GCRP, where all new data about GCRP antibodies were presented. The posters sessions were very well attended with very active discussions during the guided poster walk. There were also several symposiums sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry focusing on issues as different neuromodulation techniques or the use botulinum toxin.

One of the aspects I would like to highlight is the great commitment of the juniors committee.
In the congress, in both sides, the scientific and the social activities. They awarded in the excellence tournament one clinical presentation (Catherine Chong from Phoenix, USA)) and other in basic science (José Torres-Perez, from London, UK); they also got an award to the best poster (Radhika Vavilikolanu form Romford, UK). Another award to the best poster was decided by public vote (Xiana Rodríguez-Osorio from Santiago de Compostela, Spain). The junior committee organized also with great success its traditional party (junior’s forum) and a disputed football match.
The general feeling of the organizers and many participants, sponsors and exhibitors was that it has been a very successful meeting from the perspective of science, quality of the presentations and the general interactions between participants.

The pictures of the IHC 2015 can be viewed here

Miguel JA Láinez
IHC 2015 
Congress co-Chair


 'What's Under the Hat?' by EHA


The European Headache Alliance (EHA), a non-profit, patient umbrella group was launched in 2006. Since then, the Alliance has grown to represent over twenty national patient organisations from across the continent. EHA aims to speak as one voice on behalf of all those living with a headache disorder in order to raise awareness, influence policy makers and improve access to care across Europe.
EHA achieves this aim by promoting education and research about headache disorders, providing accurate data on unmet needs of those living with a headache disorder and organizing an annual European Migraine Day of Action on 12th September. 
To promote awareness and understanding of migraine and other headache disorders, the EHA has launched a public awareness online and offline campaign ‘What’s Under the Hat?’. The campaign goal is to inspire public compassion for headache sufferers by making the invisible visible and provide a platform to give patients a voice.
The online campaign encourages members of the public to photograph themselves wearing a hat and/or make a short video about of the disruptive and painful impact that headache disorders have on their lives. By posting these photos and videos online, it is hoped that the online storytelling will attract media attention and external awareness, building momentum which national organisations can harness to garner public support for offline events.  
Various headache disorders such as migraine, cluster headache, chronic daily headache, medication overuse headache, trigeminal neuralgia and other rare disorders will be highlighted over the course of the campaign, in order to increase understanding amongst the general public in addition to informing those living with the disorders of the importance of obtaining the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Please visit the EHA public awareness campaign website to find out more and get involved or contact For more information on EHA please visit

European Headache Federation Executive Committee members with Audrey Craven, President of the European Headache Alliance. 
Welcome new EHF members!

We are proud to announce that we have two new societies joining the EHF family! The Estonian Headache Society (EHS) and the Iranian Headache Association (IHA). 

Estonian Headache Society

The goal of EHS is to educate people and medical professionals and to provide better medical service in the field of headache. The board of EHS consists of the president and founder Dr Mark Braschinsky, and three other neurologists. The secretary is a young neurologist, Dr Liis Sabre.
Since 2011 EHS has created a tradition to carry out Estonian Headache Day in the middle of May every year. During these organized lectures and workshops, non-specialists can become more knowledgeable in the field of headache. These Headache Days take place in different cities of Estonia and have been very popular among medical professionals. 

To improve knowledge in headache and to encourage headache sufferers to seek professional help, EHS board members recently give several short video lectures in different topics of headache, which can be found on

In 2014 EHS had the opportunity to follow educational lectures form prof. Peter Goadsby and prof. Messoud Ashina, and in 2015 from prof. Alan Rapoport and prof. Arne May.
Additionally, the Estonian Headache Society has been elected to organise European Headache School in 2016 which will take place in Tallinn, June 2016. 

Iranian Headache Association 
Due to being outside the European Continent's borders, the Iranian Headache Association has been accepted as an Accosiate member of EHF. IHA has the same legal rights as a regular member of EHF with the difference of its non-European geographical location. 
IHA is a national neurological association whose goal is to change information and ideas concerning the causes and treatments of headache and related painful disorders in Iran. With President Mansoureh Togha and International Representative Hossein Ansari, the Iranian Headache Association is represented globally and well-recognized national non-profit organization. 

IHA will have its 4th annual congress from 16-18 September, 2015 in Tehran, Iran with topics of updated information on primary and secondary headache disorders through different teaching courses and workshops. For more information about the congress, please visit  

We are pleased to inform you that Journal Citation Reports® published the Impact Factor for the year of 2014 where the Journal of Headache and Pain obtained 2.801.

For more details, please click here
Enrico Greppi Award announcement

Greppi Award winner in 2015 is:
"Trigeminal neuralgia – a coherent cross-specialty management program” from Tone Heinskou, Stine Maarbjerg, Per Rochat, Frauke Wolfram, Rigmor Højland Jensen and Lars Bendtsen.
The lecture will be held during the 9th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC in Vienna, 2-5 September 2015.
The paper will soon appear on The Journal of Headache and Pain. 

What's On...

Dear members, please see below a number of upcoming events you might want to visit:

 2-5 September 2015, Vienna, Austria-9th Congress of the European Pain Federation 

15-18 September 2016, Glasgow, UK-5th European Headache and Migraine Trust Congress

Past Events

14-15 May 2015, Valencia, Spain-17th Congress of the international Headache society 

20-23 June 2015, Berlin, Germany-1st Congress of the European Academy of Neurology

European Headache Federation

Council 2014-2016:
Dimos Mitsikostas (Greece) - President
Paolo Martelletti (Italy) - 1st Vice President

Zaza Katsarava (Germany) - 2nd Vice President
Christian Lampl (Austria) - Secretary
Vera Osipova (Russia) - Treasurer
Rigmor Jensen (Denmark) - Past President
Lars Edvinsson (Sweden) - Member at large
Koen Paemeleire (Belgium) - Member at large
Aksel Siva (Turkey) - Member at large

David Dolezil (Czech Republic) - Member at large
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