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Media Alert: New Research on Migraine in the Workplace Unveiled During Press Conference to be Broadcast via Facebook Live from the World Congress of Neurology, Dubai, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. GST
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WHAT: The XXIV World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2019) is bringing together leading voices in migraine research and advocacy to share vital insights on the global impact of migraine in the workplace. Migraine affects more than one billion people worldwide. To continue driving awareness of this disabling disease, a coalition of global migraine leaders will participate in a live streaming press conference via the Facebook Page of the World Federation of Neurology at

The press event, showcasing the findings of some of the world’s premier migraine experts will educate attendees of WCN 2019 on the advances and initiatives in migraine treatment, diagnosis and care. Also during the event, IHS-GPAC will reveal key insights from their new workplace initiative pilot program, in addition to announcing their official partnership with a global Fortune 500 corporation.

WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, October 29, 8:00 am Gulf Standard Time, Dubai World Trade Centre, Ajman B+C, and streamed live at


Seven individuals representing the voices of patients, researchers, advocates and professional societies will provide an in-depth look at the impact migraine has on the workplace and the global economy. This joint event, hosted by the International Headache Society’s Global Patient Advocacy Coalition (IHS-GPAC) and the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), will shine a global light on the pervasive impact on migraine on all areas of a person’s life.

Migraine is the second leading global cause of disability and the third most common disease in the world. Despite its prevalence, migraine receives less research funding than any of the world’s most burdensome diseases.

During the press conference, speakers will reveal key statistics about how migraine impacts the global workplace, in addition to mechanisms by which employees and employers can work together to create a workplace where migraine is treated as the disabling neurological condition that it is.

The XXIV World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2019) is the perfect setting for advancing conversations about migraine. In July, the WFN’s annual World Brain Day theme was “Migraine: The Painful Truth,” reaching more than 50 million people. 

During the press conference, these points will be discussed:

  • Global need for migraine advocacy
  • Key statistics on the impact migraine has on the workplace
  • Introduction to workplace initiative pilot program with global employer
  • Recap on World Brain Day
  • Outline on how global organizations are working together on behalf of patients worldwide


  • Prof. David Dodick, Chair, IHS-GPAC
  • Prof. William Carroll, President of World Federation of Neurology (WFN
  • Prof. Messoud Ashina, MD, PhD, DMSc, President of the International Headache Society (IHS)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Grisold, MD, Secretary-General of WFN
  • Deborah Henscheid Lorenz, JD, MS, Co-chair of IHS-GPAC
  • Elena Ruiz de la Torre, MD, Executive Director of the European Migraine and Headache Association (EMHA)
  • Prof. Fumihiko Sakai, MD, Professor and Director of the Saitama International Headache Center and President of the Japanese Headache Society

The theme of the 2019 Congress, the Brain Health Initiative, focuses the neurology world’s efforts on furthering healthcare and accelerating the pace of change around the world. Media are welcome to attend on-site.


IHS-GPAC unites the most impactful voices in migraine research, support and education to create a world where migraine is understood and optimally managed. Working in collaboration with patients, health care providers and headache, pain and neurology associations worldwide, our goal is to improve the lives of those affected by migraine, cluster and other diseases that cause severe head pain. Migraine is the most common brain disorder, affecting 1 in 7 people worldwide. With empathy, hope and determination, IHS-GPAC is committed to raising awareness on the impact of migraine, implement optimal standards of migraine care, and reduce the global burden of the disease. Learn more at

About the International Headache Society
The International Headache Society is the world’s leading membership organisation for all people with a professional commitment, whatever their discipline, to helping people whose lives are affected by headache. As a charity, the purpose of IHS is to advance headache science, education and management, and promote headache awareness worldwide. Activities include publication of Cephalalgia, the biennial International Headache Congress, developing guidelines, the international headache classification, educating the next generation of headache specialists worldwide, online education materials, and offering grants and fellowships to young physicians worldwide. To learn more, visit

About the World Federation of Neurology
The World Federation of Neurology represents 120 member neurological societies around the globe whose mission is to foster quality neurology and brain health worldwide by promoting neurological education and training with an emphasis on under-resourced areas of the world. The WFN supports the spread of accurate research and clinical information in the pursuit of improvements in the field of neurology. With support from member organizations, the WFN unifies the world to give patients better access to brain health. For more information, please visit the WCN 2019 web site at, find our live stream press conferences on Facebook at, on Twitter at or by searching using the tag #WCN2019.

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