The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is establishing a multi-year interdisciplinary network of diverse and relevant stakeholders to provide thought leadership about migraine in the U.S. healthcare system. The SWHR Interdisciplinary Migraine Network will:
• Identify approaches for engaging, educating, and empowering patients, healthcare professionals, and healthcare decision makers about the costs and burden of migraine
• Develop strategies and tools for implementing these approaches to inform and impact value driven healthcare decision-making
• Develop a plan for reaching and mobilizing a broad community with an organized voice for advancing this work


Migraine is a debilitating neurological disease affecting more than 47 million Americans —14% of the population—and is the second leading cause of global burden of disability. It is a serious public health issue with social and economic consequences.
• Migraine affects women differently than men.
• Migraine is two to three times more common in women than men
• Women are more likely than men to experience longer and more intense migraines, report more migraine-associated symptoms such as nausea and visual aura, and have higher levels of headache-related disability
• Women account for 80 percent of direct and indirect costs associated with migraine in the United States, which are upwards of $36 billion each year
• Women are more likely than men to receive a migraine diagnosis, but less likely to receive appropriate treatment

Network Members

The SWHR Interdisciplinary Migraine Network is currently in development. The list of Network members will be available in early 2018.

Program Director

Rebecca Nebel, PhD




SWHR has sole authority over the scope and content of this program. Sponsorship of this network does not imply agreement with any content and/or comments presented by the members during network proceedings.