The Future in Florence

Now that the Rome Congress – which attracted nearly 1000 attendees from thirty nine countries who came to hear the latest and newest in headache medicine – is behind us, we are looking forward to share with you all ‘The Future of Headache in Florence’.   Florence is one of the most picturesque cities in the world.  Located in the Apennine Mountains, this remarkable city harbors the famous Uffizi Museum and the Santa Croce Basilica where Florentines artists and scientists who changed the world are buried or commemorated.  Following Leonardo Da Vinci ground breaking anatomical sketches, Michelangelo ability to translate his rules-breaking imagination into the art of science, Dante views of the future, Galileo Galilei willingness to confront the church on what he believed was right, and Guglielmo Marconi invention of the wireless telegraph and the radio transmission (to name a few), we are planning a scientific program that (i) looks into the future by taking into considerations lessons from the past, (ii) is not afraid to challenge well-accepted notions and the strength of evidence they were built on, (iii) puts on display novel findings that have the potential to impact the field, (iv) allows on-stage exchange of ideas between junior and senior scientists and clinicians, (v) is committed to bring to the podium ‘new faces’ from a variety of geographic locations and disciplinary fields, (vi) focuses on translational research, and last but not least, (vii) is designed to improve headache medicine and patients care, and serve the good of the society rather than those who plan it.

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Committed to the European Headache Federation mission of Science and Education through Renovation, the program will include:

  1. The historical EHF lecture and the lecture assigned in rotation to one of the 38 federate EHF Societies will open the Congress.
  2. Clinical lectures on addiction and medication overuse headache, cluster and post-traumatic headache, structural brain changes, cephalic and non-cephalic pains in adolescents vs adults, role of gender, association with neurovascular risk factors and spontaneous intracranial hypotension, clinical and scientific understanding of the comorbidity between migraine and epilepsy, the pathophysiology of occipital headaches, and what can be learned from the inconsistency of migraine triggers.
  3. Treatment-focused lectures on CGRP monoclonal antibodies and antagonists, endocannabinoid and marijuana, OnabotulinumtoxinA, neuromodulation, novel targets beyond CGRP, guideline for implementing individualized headache management medicine, expectation role in treatment, headache management if the elderly and management of secondary headache disorders, and how all currently available and novel migraine drugs may be placed in the market of headache.
  4. Scientific lectures on role of inflammation, the hypothalamus, the brainstem, the blood brain barrier, genetics, environment, aura/CSD, and CGRP (to name some) in migraine, and in-depth discussion on reliability and predictability of novel animal models of migraine and other headaches.

For its depth of symbolic inspiration, we aim for holding the Congress at the magnificent Renaissance Palazzo dei Congressi.


Paolo Martelletti (Rome)

Hedley-Whyte Professorship

Rami Burstein (Boston)