World experts to run special Migraine Awareness Week event in Keele


Posted on 31 August 2010

Some of the world’s experts on migraine and headache will be at Keele University on Saturday 4 September to mark the beginning of Migraine Awareness Week 2010. Over 100,000 people have migraine in Staffordshire alone and this is an opportunity for those affected to find out more about the condition. This will be the first time an event like this has been held in the North Midlands.

The Migraine Trust, the UK’s health and medical research charity for the condition, will be holding a public information event for people living with migraine and headache in association with BASH (British Association for the Study of Headache). Anyone with an interest in migraine and headache is encouraged to attend.

Experts Professor Peter J Goadsby (University of California, San Francisco, CA & Institute of Neurology, London), Dr Manuela Fontebasso (GP with Special Interest in Headache & Lead Clinician, The Headache Clinic, York Hospital) and Dr Brendan Davies, (Consultant Neurologist & Lead Clinician, North Midlands Regional Headache Clinic, University Hospital of North Staffordshire) will be taking part. The day will consist of presentations on managing migraine, the latest treatment options including Botox® and new developments in research. There will also be an opportunity to ask the experts questions and to meet other migraine and headache sufferers.

Local expert Dr Brendan Davies said: “According to the World Health Organisation, migraine is among the top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions. Having run the North Midlands Regional Headache Clinic for eight years, I know that providing access to good quality evidence-based information can play a fundamental role in helping people take control of this debilitating condition. As a trustee of The Migraine Trust I am delighted to be part of this event which will give migraine sufferers and those who support them both at home and in the workplace, the chance to learn what they can do to manage their migraine.” 

Chief Executive of The Migraine Trust and Chair of Headache UK, Wendy Thomas, said: “Migraine is a complex condition and this event is a unique opportunity for sufferers in the North Midlands to hear about the very latest treatment options from some of the world’s experts.  Migraine affects people in different ways and can make them feel isolated and that no-one understands their condition. This event will also give sufferers a chance to share their experiences and learn from one another.”

Migraine Awareness Week takes place between 5 -11 September 2010.

The event takes place from 12.45pm – 4.30pm at the School of Medicine, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG. The cost to attend is £10 which includes light lunch and refreshments. Places must be booked and paid for by 12noon on Friday 3rd September. The public can book their place by visiting www.migrainetrust.org or by calling The Migraine Trust on 020 7462 6606.

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For media enquiries, please contact Kate Scurr at The Migraine Trust on 020 7462 6606 or at kscurr@migrainetrust.org.