2017 End-of-Year Newsletter


Executive Board 2016-2018

President Paolo Martelletti, Rome, Italy
1st Vice-President Zaza Katsarava, Unna, Germany
2nd Vice-President Christian Lampl, Linz, Austria
General Secretary Messoud Ashina, Copenhagen, Denmark
Treasurer Koen Paemeleire, Ghent, Belgium
Past-President Dimos-Dimitrios Mitsiskostas, Athens, Greece
Members Mark Braschinsky, Tartu, Estonia
Mattias Linde, Trondheim, Norway
Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Uwe Reuter, Berlin, Germany

European Headache Federation (EHF) was founded in 1991 as company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity in England and Wales in 1995 (Registered Charity No 1084181).

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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the end-of-year 2017 EHF Newsletter!
In this issue you can be updated on several following topics:

  • 11th EHF Congress in Rome
  • Greppi Award 2017
  • EHF School of Advanced Studies (EHF-SAS)
  • The Journal of Headache and Pain
  • EHF Book Series
  • EHF and EMA
  • EHF and Academy
  • Upcoming events

I hope this issue of the Newsletter will be informative for you!
On behalf of the EHF board I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
See you all in Florence, 28-30 October 2018!

Mark Braschinsky, MD, PhD
Newsletter editor

11th EHF Congress

11th EHF Congress took place in Rome, Italy on December 1st-3rd 2017. A three-days intensive programme covered several topics from basic views and clinical science to future perspectives in headache diagnostics and treatment. Delivered by world leading experts high-quality presentations were presented in many parallel sessions.

During the opening ceremony Pierangelo Geppetti presented the SISC Lecture about the molecular mechanisms of migraine and Karl Messlinger – the EHF Lecture dedicated to trigeminovascular system. Rami Burstein’s lecture within the basic views session looked into relationship between migraine and glymphatic system. Clinical aspects of headache were elaborated by Christian Lampl and Dimos Dimitros Mitsikostas. There were sessions devoted to paediatric headaches, epidemiology of headache and neuromodulation in headache treatment. Within the Special Corner session current consensus on classifying headache disorders was discussed by Zaza Katsarava, Jes Olesen introduced the upcoming international classification of headache disorders (3rd edition) and its alignment with WHO’s ICD11 was overviewed by Timothy J Steiner. Paolo Martelletti focused on aids of management of headache disorders in primary care. Trigeminal neuralgia and related topics were described by professors Giorgio Cruccu and Rafael Benoliel. Plenary lectures included among others such topics and speakers as CGRP model in headache pathogenesis, Lars Edvinsson, hypothalamic role in headache pathophysiology, Arne May, and understanding non-pain phases of migraine, Peter Goadsby. There were five interactive electronic poster sessions and numerous discussions between presenters and participants of the Congress. Early morning EHF-SAS open sessions opened each Congress day and a large number of selected platform presentations concluded this three days long scientific debate.

11th EHF Congress wrote itself as a historical one for at least a couple of reasons. First, it had a record breaking number of on-site participants with 1053 healthcare specialists. Second, the total number of participants was almost doubled by over 800 viewers of the online streaming of the Congress on Vivinda TV, whereat registered colleagues can follow-up recordings of presentations even after the end of the Congress. Most of the participants were neurologists from 77 countries worldwide. Last important note, 31% of all onsite participants are under 40 years, including the EHF-SAS Fellows.

A special Saturday night networking social event dedicated to young attendees celebrated the presence of both EHF-SAS Fellows and IHS Residents & Trainees Special Interest Group.

EHF acknowledges the Sponsors of the EHF Rome Congress: Allergan, Novartis, Eli-Lilly, Teva, Cephaly Technology.

Greppi Award 2017 – 19th Edition

During the Congress Prof. Paolo Martelletti, EHF President, assigned the Enrico Greppi Award 2017 to Prof. Richard Lipton for his work on “Fluctuations in episodic and chronic migraine status over the course of 1 year: implications for diagnosis, treatment and clinical trial designhttp://bit.ly/2ki0ylH

The 2017 Greppi Award have been unconditionally supported by Teva.

EHF School of Advanced Studies (EHF-SAS)

EHF successfully launched the EHF School of Advanced Studies (EHF-SAS). By the date two schools were already implemented and resulted in three review publications in The Journal of Headache and Pain, which were presented during the EHF Congress. The reviewed topics were “Headache and Pregnancy“, “Triptans and CGRP blockade – impact on the cranial vasculature” and “Pros and Cons of CGRP treatment in migraine“. Another two reviews, coming from the 2ns Meeting of the EHF-SAS, are in preparation and are scheduled for submission in early 2018.

Participants to the EHF-SAS 1st Meeting, 7-9 April 2017 Rome

Initiative’s participants rate highly the content and the quality of the course. Dr. Kati Toom – consulting neurologist and headache specialist at Tartu University Headache Clinic – took part in 2nd EFH-SAS held in Rome, 6-8 October, 2017, which was unconditionally supported by Novartis.
After her participation she described her impressions: “I am very glad that I had the opportunity to take part in the EHF SAS 2nd meeting in October in Rome. The 3-day course was a concentrated update of the status quo in the headache field, delivered to the participants by excellent expert speakers and world-class headache specialists. The lectures were interactive and topic or case discussions were encouraged in a very friendly and professional atmosphere. To me as a clinician, the clinical great rounds with real headache patients had great practical value and this was also a very unique opportunity to see the leading experts working in vivo and to actively be a part of the process. The EHF-SAS also created a change to further participate in a task of writing a review article, thus providing an excellent opportunity to develop my expertise together with working with newly met colleagues from all over Europe.”

Participants to the EHF-SAS 2nd Meeting, 6-8 October 2017 Rome

Based on acquired positive experience and feed-back from participants, EFH-SAS is about to continue. Following 3rd and 4th courses are scheduled for the year 2018.
Please, find all necessary information at the EHF’s website: https://ehf-org.org/

Official Journal of the European Headache Federation

The Journal of Headache and Pain published by SpringerNature reaches this year its highest Impact Factor ever, 3.58.
This success has been achieved thanks to the support of all the members of EHF federated Societies.

EHF Headache Book Series

EHF Headache book Series (Series Editor Martelletti P), volumes 4th and 5th published by Springer in 2017: Guidetti V, Arruda MA, Özge A (Editors) Headache and Comorbidities in Childhood and Adolescence, and Giamberardino MA, Martelletti P (Eds) Comorbidities in Headache Disorders.
Six additional volumes are in production and will be published in 2018.

EHF and European Medicine Agency (EMA)

The EHF was confirmed to fulfil the eligibility criteria and has been included by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) in its list of eligible organizations for working with EMA. EMA engages with a network of over 25 eligible organisations ensuring that the needs and concerns of a wide range of healthcare professionals across Europe are represented via direct contact with the EMA. Including EHF in the EMA’s list represents a full acknowledgement of EHF as a leading headache-specializing organisation in Europe http://bit.ly/2ccF17d. “This strategic partnership with EMA falls within the missions of both these European bodies” says Prof. Paolo Martelletti, EHF President.

EHF and EU Academy

The EHF endorses the Master of Headache Disorders of the University of Copenhagen providing one bursary for young doctors willing to specialize in this area of medicine. Applying for the Academic Year 2018-2020 – 2nd Edition, the bursary can be done via http://mhd.ku.dk.

The EHF endorses the Master in Headache Medicine of Sapienza University of Rome providing three bursaries for young doctors willing to specialize in this area of medicine. Applications for the Academic Year 2017-18 – 15th Edition can be submitted at https://web.uniroma1.it/masterheadache/.

EHF 2018 Activities

Here is a list of EHF major future events:

  • Russian Headache Research Society and EHF, a Conference focused on “Emerging treatment for migraine”, Moscow, 16-17 March 2018
  • EHF-SAS 3rd course: 23-25 March 2018, Rome, Italy. Additional information soon on the EHF’s website!
  • EHF-SAS 4th course: 25-27 May 2018, Rome, Italy. Additional information soon on the EHF’s website!
  • The 12th EHF Congress will be held in Florence, 28-30 September 2018. Continuous updates can be found at the website www.ehf2018.com and on Twitter @EHF_Official
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – EHF Headache Conference, a joint event that will take place in Cairo, 18-21 October 2018

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See you in Florence!