The Association of Migraine Disorders has created a number of programs to help fulfill its mission to expand the understanding of migraine through research, education and awareness. These programs benefit the overall migraine community by reaching patients, advocates, medical professionals and researchers.
Migraine Research initiative
The Association of Migraine Disorders is devoted to accelerating the most promising area of neuroscience research: migraine. AMD’s Migraine Research Initiative is led by AMD’s research committee consisting of brilliant, leading researchers who help identify knowledge gaps in migraine to influence future research projects. AMD provides funding for innovative research projects through its grant program. Finally, AMD strives to form an inter-institutional and multi-disciplinary network of migraine researchers and medical professionals through its resource hub and communication platform, the Migraine Science Collaborative.
Shades For Migraine
Shades for Migraine is a successful social media blitz created in 2017 by the Association of Migraine Disorders. Annually, on and around June 21, people living with migraine, their friends, families, and coworkers, post pictures on social media wearing sunglasses. Participants use the hashtag #ShadesForMigraine to help the campaign go viral.
Sunglasses are a visual representation of an invisible symptom of migraine called phonophobia or extreme sensitivity to light. This program is an opportunity to share or “disclose” their connection to migraine disease, in the hopes of spurring more conversation.
A Migraine Toolbox CME Course
The Migraine Toolbox is a free, comprehensive “how-to” course in managing migraine. It covers the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. It includes downloadable practical tools – including questionnaires, medication guidelines for clinicians, a patient brochure and other resources. Those with migraine have many symptoms and therefore are seen by a wide range of medical professionals. This educational program will enable primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, gastroenterologists, and other non-headache specialists to care for these patients.
Spotlight on Migraine
Spotlight on Migraine is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the mysteries of migraine from many perspectives: patients, advocates, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.
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.
Patient Education Videos
AMD is creating two different video series for patient and caregiver education. The first is a set of high-quality, 3-D medical animations to educate people about what migraine is and how the current medications work in the body to alleviate symptoms. The second set will go in-depth into dozens of migraine-related topics using white-board style animation.
More videos will be released throughout the year.
Healthcare Provider Resources
To help healthcare professionals better serve their migraine patients, we have created a number of educational resources to be used in an in-office setting. These resources aim to assist the healthcare providers in explaining migraine to their patients and help them educate patients on possible treatments that can help. These resources include an in-office migraine poster, medication dosage cards, patient handouts, and treatment guides. These resources are available as free downloads and free printed materials can also be ordered.
Migraine Resources in Underserved Communities
In an effort to improve migraine care in underserved communities, AMD has developed a Migraine Resource Kit for Healthcare Providers that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of migraine patients. This kit is outlined above. AMD has developed a strategic plan and is working with consultants to get these tools into the hands that need them most including Native American reservations, inner cities and rural areas.