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What to Expect at American Headache Society 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (63rd)

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Key Takeaways

  • The American Headache Society (AHS) will host it’s 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting from June 3-6, 2021.
  • Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 28.25 CME credits throughout the meeting.
  • There will be 5 Plenary topics, a virtual exhibit booth, abstract viewings, and two keynote speakers throughout the duration of the meeting.

From June 3-6, 2021, the American Headache Society (AHS) will host it’s 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. In a statement published prior to the meeting, representatives from the AHS stated, “AHS leadership has made the difficult yet necessary decision to conduct the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting virtually. The virtual meeting starts June 3, 2021 and will feature live-streamed sessions, live Q&A and pre-recorded lectures available on demand.”

Headache, as the meeting is nicknamed, is available to all  physicians, psychologists, scientists, researchers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals involved in the care of patients with head, neck, and orofacial pain.

Education at Headache

The Society’s educational objectives are to continue to improve the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals in the care of patients with head, neck, and orofacial pain.

AHS  is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 28.25 CME credits throughout the meeting. 

At the conclusion of this meeting, attendees should be better able to:

  • Explain fundamental mechanisms of headache disorders and how they relate to new therapies
  • Apply an understanding of established and newly introduced therapies to clinical practice
  • Become aware of how headache disorders affect cognitive function
  • Identify the role of sex and gender in headache disorders

Will There Be an Exhibit Hall?

Due to the virtual nature of the event, the AHS has provided a 3D virtual exhibit booth where attendees can visit booths from their favorite sponsors. Additionally, the AHS will also be providing the following enhancements for the virtual expo experience:

  • Banner Advertisements
  • Video Links 
  • Video Chat Rooms 
  • Enhanced Descriptions 
  • Resource Documents 

What About Posters and Abstracts?

Abstracts that have been approved on the following topics can be viewed during the conference duration:

Abstract Topics are as follows:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Presentation/Diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Headache Education
  • Health Services/Outcomes Research
  • Imaging and Neurophysiology
  • Therapeutics
  • Other Clinical Studies
  • Other

Schedule of Events

The meeting at-a-glance offers an overview of what else can be expected. Some highlights from each day include:

Thursday, June 3rd

  • 10:00 am – 1:35 pm: Hot topics in basic science symposium with Rami Burstein, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Amynah Pradhan, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Friday, June 4th

  • 10:00 — 10:30 am: Keynote Presentation 
    • Genes, Stress and Resilience with Huda Akil, PhD, of the University of Michigan.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am: Keynote Presentation 
    • Diversity and Inclusion: How We Can Learn from Others to Improve Diversity in Headache Research with Richard Benson, MD, PhD, of the NINDS/NIH. 
  • 11:25 – 11:55 am: Plenary 1: Hot Topics in Headache
    • Role of CGRP in Infection-induced Pain with Isaac M. Chiu, PhD,  or Harvard University
    • Special COVID-19 Presentation
  • 12:50 – 1:35 pm: Debate: The ICHD-3 Criteria for TTHA Should be Changed
    • Pro, Morris Levin, MD, FAHS, UCSF Headache Center vs Con, Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Saturday, June 5

  • 10:00 — 11:15 am: Plenary II: Thinking through the Pain of Migraine: Cognitive Findings, Neuroimaging and Behavioral Strategies
  • 11:30 am — 12:45 pm: Plenary III: Cortical Spreading Depression and Headache
  • 12:55 — 1:40 pm: Harold G. Wolff Award Lecture given by Ryotaro Ishii, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic. 

Sunday, June 6

  • 10:00 — 11:15 am: Plenary IV: Sex, Gender Specific Differences in Headache 
  • 11:25 am — 12:10 pm: Early Career Award Lecture given by Rebecca Erwin Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

I’m Interested!

Great! Registration is available through this link. Both members and non-members can register until June 3, 2022. Fees and additional registration information is available on the official registration page of the site. 

Some more information about the meeting, such as details about the talks and membership benefits, can be found on the FAQ page.

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