What is the Migraine Symposium & Awards Ceremony?

The Migraine Symposium and Awards Ceremony is a 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. The symposium is followed by an awards ceremony to honor individuals that have been making a difference in the migraine community. Awards are given in three areas: Innovation, Impact and Advocacy. The awards ceremony will include live music and  hors d’oeuvres and will give attendees the chance to connect, network and celebrate. 

Medical Symposium

Doors Open 8:30 a.m.

Symposium 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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. 

9:00 – 10:30 Pediatric Migraine

Karen Kaczynski, MDPsychological Approaches to Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Migraine

Christopher Oakley, MD Pediatric Migraine: A Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach

Jacob Brodsky, MD Vestibular Pediatric Migraine Disorders

10:30 – 12:00 Migraine, Head Injury & Vestibular Migraine

Richard Lewis, MD Relationship Between Migraine and Dizziness

Jim Buskirk, PTVestibular Migraine & Usage of Concussion Goggles

Grant Iverson, PhDAthletes with Pre-existing Migraine Having Prolonged Recovery After Concussion

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 3:30 The Link Between Migraine and Mental Health

Nasim Maleki, PhD – Intersection of Migraine and Mood Disorders

Gretchen Tietjen, MD – Childhood Maltreatment, PTSD and Migraine

Vincent Capaldi Sc.M., M.D – The Relationship Between Sleep and Migraine

Lindsay Grayson – K9 Therapy for PTSD

Benjamin Kelmendi, MD – The Case for MDMA in the Treatment of PTSD

Clas Linnman, PhD – Measuring Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain

3:30 – 3:50 BREAK

3:50 – 6:15 The Interplay of Migraine & GI Health

Stephanie Fulton PhD Neuroimmune Consequences of Obesity: Insight into Migraine and Mood Disorder Pathophysiology

Alison Field, ScD Migraine and Obesity

Dale Bond, PhDWeight Loss Treatment for Migraine – Worth the Weight?

Margaret Slavin, PhDDietary Patterns and Migraine Prevention

Gretchen Tietjen, MDMigraine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and The Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis

Christopher Velez, MDCyclical Vomiting Syndrome and the Functional Nausea and Vomiting Disorders: Commonality with Migraine

Click here for a full program overview for the Medical Migraine Symposium.

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.

Community Symposium

Doors Open 9:00 a.m.

Symposium 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10:00 – 12:00 New & Pipeline Treatments 

Alix Bennett, PhD –  Nerivio Wearable Neurostimulation Device 

David George – Nocira’s Ear Pressure Migraine Treatment

Speaker TBD – The Use of Gepants for the Treatment of Migraine

Deena Kuruvilla, MD – Ditans for the Treatment of Migraine

Don Kellerman, PharmD – Zolmitriptan Intracutaneous Microneedle System

12:00 – 1:00 – LUNCH

1:00 – 3:00 Innovations in Care

Agustin Mello-Carillo, MD, PhD – OnabotulinumA and CGRP Inhibitors are Likely Safe Medications to Use Simultaneously and May Have Complementary Efficacy

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

3:00 – 3:20 BREAK

3:20 – 5:00 Migraine and Mental Health

Margot Anderson, MSW, RYT – Creating Resilience

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

5: 00 – 6:15 Products and Apps for Migraine

Margo Warren – The NINDS’ Migraine Trainer App

Charles Posternack, MD – Avulux Migraine Theraputic Glasses

David Meadows, PhD – The Science Behind PureWine


The community symposium is not certified for CME credit.

Medical Symposium Learning Objectives

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.


Open throughout the symposium

US Army – Medical Department

Upsher-Smith Labratories

Eli Lilly and Company

PureWine – Wine Filters

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

Allergan Pharmaceuticals


Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP)

Association of Migraine Disorders


6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Following the symposium we will unwind and celebrate the achievements of 7 individuals who are making a difference in the migraine community. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be available. This will be an opportunity to connect and network with attendees and speakers. Plus, see a live performance of “Not All in Our Heads” by Allie Sealey, country music artist and Advocacy Award Winner.

Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Advocacy Award

Hailey Pushis

USA National Miss Mississippi Junior Teen and Migraine Advocate

Allie Sealey

Country Music Artist & Migraine Advocate, Writer and Singer of “Not All In Our Heads”

 Mia Maysack

Creator of Peace Love Life Coaching & Migraine Advocate

Dearric Winchester

Long-distance Runner, Caregiver & Migraine Advocate

Impact Award

Marcia Kavulich and Brian Green of Migraine.com

Innovation Award

Gretchen Tietjen, MD

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
Email [email protected] if you would like to be a representative of your specialty within the AMD community.
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Your Ticket Includes:

Access to both symposium tracks
CME credits (if medical professional ticket is chosen)
Catered lunch
Access to the Awards Ceremony – including networking hour and hors d’oeuvres
An attendee tote with products valued at a total of up to $75
Access to the migraine friendly room (for guests that need a place to retreat to with low light and noise levels)

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be provided if requested at least 30 days before the event date, August 29. Refunds will not be granted after July 29, 2020.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Melissa Calise at [email protected] Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.

Can’t make it to the live event?

While there are many benefits to attending this event in-person, we will be recording each presentation for those who can’t make it. These presentations will be released throughout the year on our Spotlight on Migraine podcast.

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Thank You to Our 2020 Community Symposium & Awards Ceremony Sponsors

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