The EHF Headache School 2014
The European Headache Federation “Headache School” for neurologists and general practitioners in Tbilisi, Republic in Georgia
Time schedule June, 5-7, 2014
Background and scope of the conference
The reasons to organize in 2014 are several:
- 10 years after the first school in 2004, when we started our activities in the Republic of Georgia
- to present the results of our work:
- Epidemiological study including willingness to pay for a headache service in different regions in Georgia (now published in Neurology)
- 2 years after establishing 2 headache clinics with the LTB support
- Meanwhile there are 5 headache clinics in the Country, mainly in the capital Tbilisi.
- Pharmaceutical companies, such as Actavis and 1A Pharma were convinced to introduce sumatriptan to the Georgian market for 1 Euro per tablet.
The establishment of headache clinics and affordable sumatriptan as well as main preventative medications basically changed the landscape in the country.
The following publications represent the results of our work:
1: Lampl C, Steiner TJ, Mueller T, Mirvelashvili E, Djibuti M, Kukava M, Dzagnidze A, Jensen R, Stovner LJ, Katsarava Z; Global Campaign against Headache; International Headache Society Russian Linguistic Special Interest Group. Will (or can) people pay for headache care in a poor country? J Headache Pain. 2012 Jan;13(1):67-74. doi: 10.1007/s10194-011-0398-1. Epub 2011 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 22045235; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3253156.
2: Katsarava Z, Dzagnidze A, Kukava M, Mirvelashvili E, Djibuti M, Janelidze M, Jensen R, Stovner LJ, Steiner TJ; Lifting The Burden: The Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide and the Russian Linguistic Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. Primary headache disorders in the Republic of Georgia: prevalence and risk factors. Neurology. 2009 Nov 24;73(21):1796-803. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181c34abb. PubMed PMID: 19933983.
3: Katsarava Z, Dzagnidze A, Kukava M, Mirvelashvili E, Djibuti M, Janelidze M, Jensen R, Stovner LJ, Steiner TJ; Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide; Russian Linguistic Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. Prevalence of cluster headache in the Republic of Georgia: results of a population-based study and methodological considerations. Cephalalgia. 2009 Sep;29(9):949-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2982.2008.01836.x. Epub 2009 Feb 25. PubMed PMID: 19250289.
4: Kukava M, Dzagnidze A, Janelidze M, Mirvelashvili E, Djibuti M, Fritsche G, Jensen R, Stovner LJ, Steiner TJ, Katsarava Z. Validation of a Georgian language headache questionnaire in a population-based sample. J Headache Pain. 2007 Dec;8(6):321-4. Epub 2007 Dec 10. Erratum in: J Headache Pain. 2008 Apr;9(2):137. Janelidze, Marina [added]. PubMed PMID: 18074104; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2779392.
5: Katsarava Z, Kukava M, Mirvelashvili E, Tavadze A, Dzagnidze A, Djibuti M, Steiner TJ. A pilot methodological validation study for a population-based survey of the prevalences of migraine, tension-type headache and chronic daily headache in the country of Georgia. J Headache Pain. 2007 Apr;8(2):77-82. Epub 2007 May 11. PubMed PMID: 17497261; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3476133.
6: Fritsche G, Hueppe M, Kukava M, Dzagnidze A, Schuerks M, Yoon MS, Diener HC, Katsarava Z. Validation of a german language questionnaire for screening for migraine, tension-type headache, and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias. Headache. 2007 Apr;47(4):546-51. PubMed PMID: 17445104.
Goal of the conference
The main goal of the conference is to spread the experience to the regions of the country. Secondly the Georgian experiment could be extended to other Caucasus Countries.
- Prof. Rigmor Jensen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 talks
- Prof. Messoud Ashina, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 talks
- Prof. Dimos Mitsikostas, Athens, Greece, 2 talks
- Prof. Christian Lampl, Linz, Austria, 2 talks
- Prof. Vera Osipova, Moscow, Russia, 2 talks
- Prof. Timothy Steiner, London and Trondheim, 2 talks
- Prof. Lars Bendtsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 talks
- Prof. Amos Korczyn, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1 talk
- Prof. Zaza Katsarava, Unna / Essen, Germany
- Dr. Sofia Natriashvili, Vienna, Austria
Among speakers are 2 Georgian neurologists working in Europe (Katsarava and Natriashivili, who works with Cicek Woeber-Bingoel in Vienna)
Please note that other speakers are Georgian neurologists, the majority of whom were trained in Essen during the last 10 years and who went back to work in the headache clinics in the Country. This fact is perhaps the most important success of our work.
The focus of the conference is regional. Therefore EHF should mainly invite young neurologists form Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Iran and Russia, and other Countries of former Soviet Union and Eastern European Countries.