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.
Migraine Science Collaborative
Migraine Resource Kit for Healthcare Providers
To help healthcare professionals better serve their migraine patients, we have created a number of educational resources to be used in an exam 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. Included within the kit are patient brochures (in English and Spanish), an anatomical exam room poster, treatment guides, and a medication dosage card. These resources are available as free downloads and free printed materials can also be ordered. A focus of this program is to enable clinicians in underserved communities to be able to diagnose, treat and manage migraine disease. We have a plan to distribute these resources in inner cities, rural communities and Native American reservations.
Spotlight on Migraine
Spotlight on Migraine is a weekly podcast that features interviews and presentations with patients, researchers, advocates and medical professionals from various specialties, each sharing their unique perspective on migraine. Podcasts are available in audio, video, and transcripts.
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.
The Migraine Symposium and Awards Ceremony is an 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.
Shades For Migraine
Shades for Migraine is a successful social media awareness campaign 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.