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We look forward to seeing you at the Migraine Symposium and Awards Ceremony! A confirmation email will be sent to you. Stay tuned for more details as the event approaches.

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.

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 PTSD, 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.

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

Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD – 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 Neuomodulation 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

Melissa Geraghty, Psy. D – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Margot Anderson, MSW, RYT – Creating Resilience

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

Speaker TBD – Apps for Migraine Management

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’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

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 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)

Staying Over in Providence?

Hotel Discount:

The Omni Hotel (event venue)

1 W Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903

$189-$199 per night

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Thank You to Our 2020 Community Symposium & Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Thank You to Our 2020 Community Symposium & Awards Ceremony Product Donors

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