Messoud Ashina, M.D., Ph.D., DMSc
Messoud Ashina, M.D., Ph.D., DMSc

Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology and Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet Glostrup; Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Ashina is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology and Danish Headache Center, as well as a Director of the Human Migraine Research Group at the Danish Headache Center.

He has authored over 400 papers, abstracts and book chapters on the topic of headache, including tension-type headache and migraine. His work has appeared in The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology, and Brain, among others. He is also the editor of the book Pathophysiology of Headaches. Dr. Ashina has also served as the co-editor of the Journal of Headache and Pain and the associate editor of Cephalalgia. He is the president of the Danish Headache Society, a board member and secretary of the European Headache Federation and has also been elected as president for the International Headache Society from 2019-2021.

Dr. Ashina received his medical degree at the Azerbaijan Medical University and completed his residency in neurology at the University of Copenhagen, where he received his Ph.D. and DMSc. Since 1995 he has been actively involved in headache research. Dr Ashina’s research interests include experimental headache models and functional neuroimaging.

Andrew M. Blumenfeld, M.D.
Andrew M. Blumenfeld, M.D.

Director of The Headache Center of Southern California in San Diego, California

Andrew Blumenfeld, M.D., is Director of the Headache Center of Southern California. Previously, he was Chief of Neurology at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. While at Kaiser Permanente he helped to establish 18 headache centers across Southern California. He is the founder of the largest private practice headache center in California.

Dr. Blumenfeld is founding and two-term former Chair of the American Headache Society Special Section: Peripheral Nerve Block & Other Interventional Procedures for Headache & Facial Pain. He also served as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Kaiser Permanente. He has authored extensively in headache science. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Blumenfeld has been awarded the Dystonia Doctor of Excellence Award, the Margaret Treat Excellence in Ethics Award from Kaiser Permanente, and the American Headache Society Member’s Choice Award for the Best Paper Published in Headache. He also authored headache clinical practice guidelines for Kaiser Permanente in 1996 and 2003.

Dr. Blumenfeld earned his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Medicine in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by an internship and a residency at Johannesburg Hospital. He then served as a Medical Officer and full Lieutenant at No. 1 Military Hospital in South Africa, before returning to Johannesburg Hospital for a neurology residency. Dr. Blumenfeld then journeyed to the United States, completing a residency and fellowship in neurology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is certified in psychiatry and neurology, with subspecialty certification in headache medicine. He is a fellow of the American Headache Society.

Rami Burstein, Ph.D.
Rami Burstein, Ph.D.

John Hedley-Whyte Professor of Anaesthesia and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and the Vice Chairman of Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston, Massachusetts

Rami Burstein, Ph.D., is the John Hedley-Whyte Professor of Anaesthesia and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and the Vice Chairman of Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Professor Burstein is an appointed member of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), which consists of representatives from the NIH, CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services and whose mission is to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and the current (Co)-Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee for the International Headache Conference meeting in 2019 and the European Headache Federation Annual Meeting in 2018. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of both the American and the International Headache Societies.

Throughout the years, he has received numerous awards. These include the prestigious Javits Neuroscience Merit Award (National Advisory Neurological Disorder and Stroke Council), the Harold Wolff Awards for 2003 and 2005 (American Headache Society), the Cephalalgia Awards for best papers published in Cephalalgia in 2013 and 2015 (International Headache Society), the Seymour Diamond Lectureship Award in 2012 and 2015, and the 2010 Alan Edwards Center for Research on Pain Award (McGill University). Among Professor Burstein’s accomplishments are the discoveries of the spinohypothalamic tract, peripheral and central sensitization role in migraine pathophysiology and treatment, mechanisms of action of several anti-migraine drugs, the neurobiology of photophobia, and most recently, the glymphatic system role in migraine.

In the past 10 years, he has been serving as a reviewer for the NIH, the Welcome Trust, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Science, the Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-imaging, Rita Allen Foundation, Brookdale Foundation, and the Ellison New Scholars Program in Aging.

Andrew Charles, M.D.
Andrew Charles, M.D.

Professor of Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California

Andrew Charles, M.D., is a Professor of Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he holds the Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies. He is Director of the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program, which includes basic and clinical research, education and care of patients with headache disorders. His laboratory focuses on cellular and pharmacological mechanisms of migraine and pain, with a particular interest in the development of novel therapies. He is an associate editor of the journal Cephalalgia, and he has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Headache Society. He currently holds the position of treasurer of the American Headache Society.

Robert Cowan, M.D.
Robert Cowan, M.D.

Higgins Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California; Director, Center for Headache Medicine, and Chief, Division of Headache and Facial Pain

Robert Cowan is Higgins Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences, and Chief of the Division of Headache Medicine at Stanford University. He has held several nationally elected positions, including chair of the sections on Chronic Daily Headache and In-office Patient Education for the American Headache Society. He is past President of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. He is on the boards of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, and the American Council for Headache Education.

Dr. Cowan is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Headache and Cephalalgia. He is an editor for Headache Currents. Dr. Cowan is widely published in various scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Cephalalgia and Headache. He has authored book chapters, lectures both nationally and internationally on a variety of headache topics, and has appeared on NBC, CBS and has been featured in articles ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Vogue magazine.

Dr. Cowan earned his BA in Philosophy from Clark University. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck Medical School. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at USC and a residency program at USC Department of Neurology. He later completed a transcranial doppler fellowship at USC. His research focuses on phenotyping, proteomics, and imaging of chronification in migraine and the use of technology in diagnosis and monitoring of headache.

Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. FRACP FMedSci
Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. FRACP FRCP FMedSci

Professor of Neurology at King’s College London and University of California, San Francisco, in San Francisco, California

Peter Goadsby is Professor of Neurology at King’s College London and at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the National Institute for Health Research‐Wellcome Trust King’s Clinical Research Facility.

Dr. Goadsby is an accomplished researcher and author, having published more than 1,600 papers, books, chapters, and abstracts in the field of headache medicine, covering neurotransmitters, pharmaceutical interventions and more. He has been recognized with several honors and awards, most recently the Lluis Barraquer Ferre Lecture at the 69th Sociedad Espanola de Neurologia, Valencia; the Cluster Headache Award Lecture at the 100th Anniversary Mondino Foundation, Pavia; the International Headache Society Biennial IHC Special Lecture; and the National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator Award. Dr. Goadsby is a member of the peer-review grant bodies of several organizations, including the European Research Council, the Medical Research Council (UK), and others. He serves on the editorial boards and as a peer reviewer for several journals including Brain (associate editor), Neurology, Headache, and many more.

Dr. Goadsby earned his medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospital, as well as advanced training in neurology and clinical neurophysiology.

Richard Lipton, M.D.
Richard Lipton, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York

Richard B. Lipton, M.D., is the Edwin S. Lowe Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

He is the Principal Investigator of the Einstein Aging Study, an NIH funded Program Project, and several R01s. Dr. Lipton’s recent studies examine cognitive aging across the lifespan with an emphasis on the effects of pain and stress on brain function. His headache research focuses on the epidemiology of migraine and on clinical trials. His epidemiologic studies have evaluated trigger factors for headache attacks and risk factors for headache progression.

Dr. Lipton has published more than 790 articles in indexed journals and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Neurology. He is a five-time winner of the H.G. Wolff Award for excellence in headache research from the American Headache Society (AHS) and a two-time winner of the Enrico Greppi award from the European Headache Federation. Dr. Lipton is co-Director of the Montefiore Headache Center, an interdisciplinary subspecialty center focused on headache, patient care, research and education. He holds leadership positions in several professional societies. He is a Past-President of AHS.

Dr. Lipton earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After a medical internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he completed his neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in neuroepidemiology at Columbia University.

Jes Olesen, M.D., DMSc, D.Hon.C.
Jes Olesen, M.D., DMSc, D.Hon.C.

Founder and a Co-director of the Danish Headache Center in Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Olesen is Professor of Neurology at the Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology at the University of Copenhagen. He has held numerous honorary positions, including president of the International Headache Society (IHS) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies, and the European Brain Council. Professor Olesen has received numerous national and international awards and he is an honorary member of the Austrian, British, German and French neurological societies.

Professor Olesen has published over 500 original scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored or edited 33 scientific books. The book entitled “The Headaches” is an encyclopedic volume covering all aspects of headaches from basic molecular mechanisms to treatment and prevention. Both the first (1993), second (2000) and third (2005) editions have been generally accepted as the ultimate source of reference within the headache field. He has served as the associate editor of Cephalalgia and Pain, as well as on the editorial board of Clinical Neurology and NeuroSurgery, Functional Neurology, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow in Metabolism, European Neurology and Current Opinion in Neurology, among others.

Professor Olesen earned his medical degree from University of Copenhagen, followed by a residency at both Bispebjerg Hospital and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and Cornell Medical Center in New York. His main research interests include pathophysiological mechanisms underlying migraine, and the epidemiology, classification and genetics of headache.

Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D.
Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D.

Director and Professor of Neurology at Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephen D. Silberstein, M.D., is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Headache Society. He has served the American Headache Society as President, Treasurer, and Board of Directors member. In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Headache Society. He has served on the Publications, Scientific, and Education Committees of the American Headache Society and was Co-Chairman of the Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Silberstein is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and was Co-Director of the national and international Headache Guideline Project. He was the chairman of the International Headache Society meeting in Philadelphia in 2009. He is chairman of the headache research group of the World Federation of Neurology and President of the Philadelphia Headache Society.

Dr. Silberstein is the senior editor of the 8th edition of Wolff’s Headache and Other Head Pain, Associate Editor of Cephalalgia and CNS Drugs, and a present or prior member of the Editorial Board of Headache, Cephalalgia, Acta Neurologica Scandanavia, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology, and Topics in Pain Management. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for many publications, and has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications to his credit.

Dr. Silberstein received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He did a medical internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a fellowship in neurology at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, Dr. Silberstein completed a medicine/neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a pharmacology research associate in the Toxicology Laboratory of Clinical Science at the National Institutes of Mental Health and completed a neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Stewart Tepper, M.D.
Stewart Tepper, M.D.

Professor of Neurology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire

Stewart Tepper, M.D., is Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire and Director of the Dartmouth Headache Center. He is also Director of the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialities (UCNS) Headache Fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Neurology.

Dr. Tepper is on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society (AHS) and also sits on the AHS Education Committee. He is a member of the UCNS Headache Medicine Examination Committee. He is Editor-in-Chief of the AHS journal Headache Currents and an Associate Editor for the journal Headache. He has been a Director of the annual CME AHS Scottsdale Symposium since 2008 and continues in this role.

Dr. Tepper earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, and completed his Neurology training at the Harvard Longwood Area Neurology residency program. He is board certified in Neurology, with subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine. He has delivered hundreds of invited, academic, and professional presentations to audiences worldwide, has authored over 375 original research articles, reviews, editorials, and case reports, and has published nine books. He remains committed to patient care and to research exploration in headache causes, natural history, and treatments.