Palatucci Graduates Host 'Headache on the Hill' Advocacy Event

August 22, 2007

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Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD, and Kathy Gardner, MD, 2007 Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum graduates from Vermont and Pennsylvania, are leading a group of medical and research professionals to Washington, DC, on September 25-26 to call for stronger support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for headache and migraine research.

The event, called Headache on the Hill, was developed by Shapiro and Gardner as part of their Palatucci advocacy action plan and modeled after the successful AAN Neurology on the Hill advocacy events. The event is endorsed by the American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society, Headache Cooperative of New England, National Headache Foundation, World Health Organization, MAGNUM/National Migraine Association, European Brain Council, European Headache Federation, Migraine Trust, and British Association for the Study of Headache.

On the first day of the event, attendees will receive issue briefings and training. Congressional visits are scheduled for the next day. The goal is to increase NIH support for migraine and headache research. Despite the high prevalence of migraine and headache disorders, research funding to identify causes and treatments is disproportionately limited.

To participate, contact the American Headache Society at ahshq@talley.com as soon as possible for details. Applications will be accepted through August 24. Limited financial support is available for participation. For the first 30 attendees registered, one night's stay (9/25) at the Radisson Hotel Ronald Reagan Airport will be covered.