What’s the Migraine World Summit?
While perusing the internet for all-things migraine the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to happen upon promotional materials for the first ever Migraine World Summit!
What’s the migraine world summit, you ask? Essentially, it’s a chance to get access to the world’s top experts, and absorb high quality, trustworthy information about migraines that you can discuss with your own doctor to improve your health for the better. It’s an educational event put together by fellow migraineur, Carl Cincinnato, in an attempt to connect migraineurs directly with top doctors and experts in a conference setting without subjecting our migraine brains to triggers like travel stress, pungent perfumes, fluorescent lights, etc. As a recovering vestibular migraineur, these factors would prevent me from attending an in-person conference and accessing this invaluable information, but because of the way the event is set up, I don’t need to subject myself to any of these triggers to see the speakers! That’s right– you can attend the summit online from the comfort of your own home, via your computer, laptop, or any mobile device. Even better– the event is FREE!
As many of you have experienced firsthand, it’s unreasonably difficult to find doctors and other health professionals who are well-versed in managing this complicated and confusing chronic illness. Now is our chance to learn everything we can about managing our illness from experts who understand us best! And yes, the event seems to be focused on classic painful headache-type migraines, but after looking through the schedule, I feel that there are many different talks that will be relevant to vestibular migraineurs.
The talks I’m most excited about are: Dr. Robert Cowan’s “Migraine Causes & Triggers,” Dr. Alex Mauskop’s “Proven drug free treatments,” Dr. Michael Gregors “Proven dietary interventions,” Dr. Lyn Griffiths’ “Migraine genes & genetic mutations,” among others. (For the full list of talks, see the summit schedule below.)Here’s a look at some of the questions the summit speakers are hoping to answer, along with the schedule of talks:
- How can I prevent migraines and reduce my attacks?
- Are there effective non medicinal treatments that work? What are they? What results can they deliver?
- What acute treatments can be used for my debilitating migraine attacks?
- How can I manage migraine in children and family members?
- How can I find more support?
- How long am I likely to have migraines for?
- I’ve tried everything, what do I do next?
- Do I have a genetic mutation that’s causing my migraines? What can I do about it?
- What is the significance of my concussion or other head and neck injuries for my migraines?
- What do I need to know about migraine surgeries and operations
- What is medication overuse headache and how can I avoid it
- What new treatments and approaches are helping migraine patients?
- What can I learn from other experienced migraineurs?
- What is the future of treatment innovation and technology?
- How can I play a role in supporting further research, lobbying government support and having broader impact?
- When will there be a cure?
- And much more!
If you are interested in attending the event, read more about how to claim your ticket below.
Attending the 2016 Migraine World Summit
As I mentioned above, the summit is taking place from April 15-20th, 2016 from 9:00a-5:00pm. If you are able to attend the online event live, then I would suggest claiming your FREE ticket now by clicking here, or by clicking the banner to the right.
Why Buy the All Access Pass?
Now, if you think you might miss one or more of the talks you wanted to see, want transcripts or audio files of the talks, want to watch the event at your own pace, or want to be able to access the talks after the event, then you can purchase an all access pass to the event!
There are many perks to purchasing an all access pass, listed below:
- Lifetime access to all of the event talks in video, audio, and transcript form
- The ability to pause, rewind, or fast-forward any of the talks to watch at your own pace
- Get the slide presentations, visuals, notes, or graph references referred to throughout the talks
- Access to a private Facebook support group
- Receive the Treatment Directory, containing evidence for over 100 treatments that have been evaluated using clinical evidence
- Attend the live VIP Q&A Session after the summit
- Receive trigger guides (over 80 pages!) to help manage common triggers
- Get 2 free eBooks: ‘Treatment Plan Checklist’ and ‘5 Mistakes Migraineurs Make’
Here’s Why I Bought the VIP Pass:
I just purchased my VIP All Access Pass to the Migraine World Summit. Why? Because I think my health and quality of life is worth it, I feel that this information is invaluable, and I want to be able to access it beyond the event. In the context of my journey with vestibular migraine, the cost of an all access pass is just a few co-pays, and probably costs less than a consultation with any 1 of these 30 specialists. Plus, I wanted to be able to access the bonus materials, like the treatment directory and trigger guide.
Get Your All Access Pass Now!
Up to 50% of funds raised from the Summit will go towards our migraine charity partners listed on the event page who are doing wonderful work to help fund migraine research, support patients, and advocate for migraine sufferers. Note: These links are affiliate links.
Note About Pricing:If you’re interested in purchasing the all access pass, be sure to do so before ‘early bird’ pricing ends and costs increase when the summit begins on April 15th!
Interesting Migraine Facts:
In their promotional materials, the Migraine World Summit team have presented some interesting migraine facts, some of which are truly staggering:
- Migraines are more common than diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma combined (1).
- One in seven people suffer from migraines… that’s one billion globally (2).
- Less than half those with migraine consult a physician for it (3).
- For those who do seek help, finding the right doctor can be difficult. Just 4 hours are committed to headaches disorders in undergraduate medical training worldwide (4).
- The US is one of the few places where there are subspecialty certifications for headache medicine, yet there is only 1 headache specialist for every 85,000 patients (5). This shortage is consistent in most countries.
- The estimated annual cost of migraine in the US alone is over $17 billion (6).
1) Steiner TJ et al. The prevalence and disability burden of adult migraine in England and their relationships to age, gender and ethnicity. Cephalalgia. 2003;23(7):519-527.
2) Steiner TJ et al. Migraine: the seventh disabler. The Journal of Headache and Pain 2013, 14:1.
3) Pavone E et al. Patterns of triptans use: a study based on the records of a community pharmaceutical department. Cephalalgia. 2007;27(9):1000-4.
4) World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011.
5) Mauser, Emily D., and Noah L. Rosen. “So many migraines, so few subspecialists: Analysis of the geographic location of United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) certified headache subspecialists compared to United States headache demographics.” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 54.8 (2014): 1347-1357.
6) Goldberg, Lawrence D. “The cost of migraine and its treatment.” The American journal of managed care 11.2 Suppl (2005): S62-67.