Migraine Symposium 2020

October 3rd, 2020 | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm EST

What is the Migraine Symposium?

The Migraine Symposium is a free one-day educational and celebratory event that expands our understanding of migraine with the help of presentations by more than 35 experts and advocates from around the country. Each year, we dive into different topics to explore the spectrum of migraine. The symposium is divided into two tracks, one tailored to medical professionals and the other to patients and the general public, however, both programs are open to all attendees.

Presentations from this event will be available from October 3 to October 10. CME credits will only be provided to those who attend the event on October 3, CME credits cannot be granted to those who view presentations after October 3.

Medical Symposium Agenda

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pediatric Migraine

9:00 – 10:30 EST

Karen Kaczynski, MD – Psychological Approaches to Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Migraine
Christopher Oakley, MD – Pediatric Migraine: A Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach
Jacob Brodsky, MD – Vestibular Pediatric Migraine Disorders

Migraine, Head Injury & Vestibular Migraine

10:30 – 12:00 EST

Jim Buskirk, PT – Vestibular Migraine & Diagnostic Testing
Richard Lewis, MD – Vestibular Migraine: Sensitization of Central Vestibular Pathways
Grant Iverson, PhD – Athletes with Pre-existing Migraine Having Prolonged Recovery After Concussion

The Link Between Migraine and Mental Health

1:00 – 3:20 EST

Nasim Maleki, PhD – Intersection of Migraine and Mood Disorders
Clas Linnman, PhD – Measuring Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain
Vincent Capaldi Sc.M., M.D – The Relationship Between Sleep and Migraine
Gretchen Tietjen, MD – Childhood Maltreatment, PTSD and Migraine
Lindsay Grayson – K9 Therapy for PTSD
Franklin King, MD – Psychedelics, Serotonin & Migraine

The Interplay of Migraine & GI Health

3:50 – 6:15 EST

Stephanie Fulton PhD – Neuroimmune Consequences of Obesity: Insight into Migraine and Mood Disorder Pathophysiology
Alison Field, ScD – Migraine and Obesity
Dale Bond, PhD – Weight Loss Treatment for Migraine – Worth the Weight?
Margaret Slavin, PhD – Dietary Patterns and Migraine Prevention
Gretchen Tietjen, MD – Migraine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and The Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis
Christopher Velez, MD – Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome and the Functional Nausea and Vomiting Disorders: Commonality with Migraine


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Association of Migraine Disorders. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to identify how migraine manifests differently in children, how clinical psychologists are critical to recover and what new medical interventions may help treatment.
  2. Learners will be able to view migraine from a full-body perspective by identifying the interplay between migraine and other comorbid conditions, such as mood disorders, obesity and gastrointestinal disorders. They will learn about new opportunities to treat migraine by addressing diet, weight and PTSD.
  3. Learners will be able to assess concussions and learn the effect of gender on recovery.

What Health Professionals Should Attend?

The goal of the Migraine Symposium is to engage medical professionals who may care for patients with migraine. Every year, this series of migraine-related lectures will focus on several topics that will be of more interest to one speciality or another.

  • Neurologists
  • Emergency Care Professionals
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Pain Specialists/ Anesthesiologists
  • Concussion specialists (Orthopedics/Physical Therapy)
  • TMD specialists – Oral Surgeons/Dentists
  • Allergists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Sleep specialists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Residents and Medical Students
  • Neuroscience researchers
  • Health Coaches

Community Symposium Agenda

The community symposium is not certified for CME credit.

New & Pipeline Treatments

10:00 – 12:00 EST

Alon Ironi – Nerivio Wearable Neurostimulation Device
David George – Nocira’s Ear Pressure Migraine Treatment
Cedric O'Gorman, MD – AXS-07 for the Treatment of Migraine
Deena Kuruvilla, MD – Ditans for the Treatment of Migraine
Don Kellerman, PharmD – Zolmitriptan Intracutaneous Microneedle System

Innovations in Care

1:00 – 2:35 EST

Seniha Ozudogru, MD – Usage of CGRP & the Prolonged Effectivness of Botox
Adam Harcourt, DC, DACNB – Receptor-based Applications for the Treatment of Migraine
Shin Beh, MD – Vagal Neuromodulation for the Treatment of Vestibular Migraine
Risa Ravitz, MD – Using Telemedicine to Diagnose and Treat Migraine

Migraine & Mental Health

2:45 – 4:15 EST

Melissa Geraghty, Psy. D – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Lindsay Weitzel, PhD – The Role of a Migraine Strategist to Improve Pain, Overcome Daily Frustrations & Achieve Goals
Alexes Griffin – The Believability Factor

Products and Apps for Migraine

4:40 – 5:35 EST

Margo Warren – The NINDS’ Migraine Trainer App
Charles Posternack, MD – Avulux Migraine Theraputic Glasses
David Meadows, PhD – Migraine Triggers & Histamine Intolerance.


  • Amgen Pharmaceuticals
  • Biohaven Pharmaceuticals
  • Allergan Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Nerivio by Theranica
  • Association of Migraine Disorders
  • Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP)
  • Upsher-Smith
  • Zosano Pharma
  • PureWine
  • Lundbeck
  • Allay
  • NeedyMeds
  • 7 Cups
  • Adler, Pollock and Sheehan
  • Axsome Therapeutics

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals
Allergan MIND
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Upsher Smith
Alder Pollock and Sheehand, P.C.
Axsome Therapeutics
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