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 individuals advocates 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.

Migraine & GI Health

Gretchen Tietjen, MDThe Connection of Migraine to IBS and Other Gut-Brain Interaction

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

Brad Kuo, MDGI Disorders Associated with Migraine

Alison Field, ScD Migraine and Obesity

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

Margaret Slavin, PhD – Creating a Diet for Migraine

Pediatric Migraine

Jacob Brodsky, MD Vestibular Pediatric Migraine Disorders

Karen Kaczynski, MDPromising Treatments for Pediatric Migraine

Christopher Oakley, MD Off-label Usage of CGRP Inhibitors for Pediatric Migraine

Migraine and TBI

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

Jim Buskirk, PTVestibular Migraine & Usage of Concussion Goggles

Richard Lewis, MD Understanding Vestibular Migraine Pathophysiology

The Link Between Migraine and Mental Health

Clas Linnman, PhD – Measuring Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain

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

Nasim Maleki, PhD – Association of Mood Disorders and Migraine

Gretchen Tietjen, MD – Childhood PTSD Association with Worse Migraine Symptomatology

Anne St. Goar, MD – The Technique and Success of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy: A New Method for Migraine?

Lindsay Grayson – K9 Therapy for PTSD

Community Symposium

Doors Open 9:00 a.m.

Symposium 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

New & Pipeline Treatments

Alix Bennett, PhD –  NerivioMigra Wearable Neurostimulation Device 

David George – Nocira’s Ear Pressure Migraine Treatment

Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD – The Use of Gepants for the Treatment of Migraine

Speaker TBD – Ditans for the Treatment of Migraine

Migraine and Mental Health

Melissa Geraghty, Psy. D – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Margot Anderson, MSW, RYT – Creating Resilience

Richard Kraig, MD, PhD – Research in Mindfulness & Migraine

Lindsay Weitzel, PhD – The Role of a Migraine Strategist to Improve Pain, Overcome Daily Frustrations & Achieve Goals (CHAMP Member Highlight)

Innovations in Care

Melissa Piercey – Advocating for Students with Migraine

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 – Functional Medicine Migraine Program

Shin Beh, MD – Vagal Neuomodulation for the Treatment of Vestibular Migraine

Risa Ravitz, MD – Using Telemedicine to Diagnose and Treat Migraine

Products and Apps for Migraine

Ken Schulman, MD – Curealator App for Migraine

Margo Warren – The NINDS’ Migraine Trainer App

Charles Posternack, MD – Avulux Migraine Theraputic Glasses

David Meadows, PhD – The Science Behind PureWine


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’ouevres and cocktails will be available. This will be an opportunity to connect and network with attendees and speakers.

Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Advocacy Award

Hailey PushisUSA National Miss Mississippi Junior Teen and Migraine Advocate

Allie Sealy – 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

To Be Announced

Innovation Award

To Be Announced


Your Ticket Includes:

Access to both symposium tracks
Catered lunch
Access to the Awards Ceremony – including networking hour and hors d’oeuvres
An attendee tote with products valued at a total of more than $75

Access to the migraine friendly room (for guests that need to unwind and relax, but don’t want to miss the entire day, we will have a room available that is free of scents, lights and noise)

Registration will open in early 2020


Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors

Thank You to Our 2020 Product Donors

Contact [email protected] to learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.