Skyline at Waterplace Park, Providence, RI

AMD's 4th Annual Awards Dinner was held at Skyline at Waterplace in Providence, RI on June 2, 2018. 

AMD’s Migraine Awards Dinner is an evening that brings together the migraine community, business leaders, and medical professionals. Besides raising funds and awareness for a disease that impacts over 39 million people nationally, the event fosters new connections between various constituents of the migraine community in an attempt to stimulate new projects.

Funds raised through the Annual Migraine Awards Dinner support AMD’s mission to the end the suffering of migraine illness through research, education, and collaboration.

When: June 2, 2018       Where:  Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence, RI 02903

This event opened with Hot Topics in Migraine, a series of short presentations by experts, followed by open discussions. Hot Topics in Migraine was a free event and open to the public. 

FOR FREE DISCUSSION TICKETS CLICK HEREHot Topics in Migraine Panel Discussions

1:00-2:30pm: Post-Concussion Syndrome and Migraine

  • Lee Goldstein, MD, PhD – BUSM CTE expert
  • Levi Sowers, PhD - research on post-traumatic headache in veterans
  • Christopher Meeks - Chairman, Soldier Strong
  • Neha Raukar, MD - Emergency Medicine, Center for Sports Medicine – concussion protocols for student athletes
  • Mia Minen, MD - NYU headache specialist who has developed a screening test for concussion
  • Duncan Hodkinson, PhD – Boston Children’s Hospital, PAIN research group - postconcussion neuroimaging
  • Esther Lovett - student athlete with post-concussion syndrome

2:40-3:40pm: How To De-Stigmatize Migraine

  • Bill Young, MD - neurologist and advocate
  • Joanna Kempner, PhD - author of Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health
  • Craig Stenning - international expert on stigma in mental health
  • Melanie Grossi - migraine patient will share her personal experiences

3:50-5:15pm: New therapies: Hormonal Therapy, CGRP Blockers, Cannabinoids, and Interdisciplinary Headache Centers

  • Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD – hormonal therapy
  • Stewart Tepper, MD – CGRP blockers, neuromodulators
  • Scott Darragh, chiropractor - treatment
  • Brian Grosberg, MD – interdisciplinary headache center, telemedicine
  • Shivang Joshi, MD - cannabinoids
  • Bob Bratzler – topical prostaglandins

Migraine Awards Dinner

The Migraine Awards Dinner began with a cocktail hour, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner catered by Russell Morin Catering, live music by Meredith Kegley and the awards ceremony. 
This year's theme was "Purple!"  

Award Winners:

2018 Impact Award - Carl Cincinnato

Founder of the Migraine World Summit and sole author at

2018 Innovation Award - Dr. Richard Lewis

Director, Jenks Vestibular Diagnostic Laboratory and the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, expert in vestibular migraine

2018 Advocacy Awards

Jaime Sanders - The Migraine Diva, blogger, patient advocate

Lindsay Weitzel, PhD - author of new children's graphic novel on migraine


The Association of Migraine Disorders is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to changing the public perception and the management of migraine disease. We have an interest in exploring the relationship between migraine and other related medical conditions, including fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, concussions, head trauma, pelvic floor pain and more.  We believe that the study of migraine disease will help to understand the common neurobiology: genetics, neuroplasticity, dietary influences and hormonal effects on the nervous system. 

We will record the panel discussions and will share via social media in the weeks after the event.

Many thanks to our generous event sponsors