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Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine

October 2, 2017

Migraine is a debilitating neurological disease that is three times more common in women than men, placing significant burden on women, their families, and society as a whole. In October 2017, SWHR hosted an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on sex and gender differences in migraine, followed by a public panel discussion. The closed roundtable consisted of 13 experts, including basic scientists, clinicians, behavioral scientists, and patient advocates, discussing the current state of the science regarding the role of sex and gender differences in migraine and steps needed to address gaps in knowledge.


Roundtable participants authored an expert review, Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine — Evaluating Knowledge Gaps, published in the Journal of Women’s Health in August 2018. This roundtable and public panel laid the foundation for SWHR’s Migraine Network and its resource the Migraine Patient Toolkit.


October 2, 2017
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Roundtable Participants

  • Jan Lewis Brandes, MD, Nachville Neuroscience Group
  • Dawn C. Buse, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Anne Calhoun, MD, Carolina Headache Institute
  • Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Katie M. Golden, Golden Graine
  • Rashmi Halker Singh, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • Joanna Kempner, PhD, Rutgers University
  • Nasim Maleki, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  • Maureen Moriarty, DNP, Georgetown University
  • Jelena Pavlovic, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Robert E. Shapiro, MD, PhD, University of Vermont
  • Amaal Starling, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • William B. Young, MD, Thomas Jefferson University