Headache Update 2013 – Learning by Example: A Case-Based Approach

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13th Annual Headache Cooperative of New England Boston Headache Symposium

Under the educational direction of:  Lawrence C. Newman, M.D.


This course is intended to provide attendees with a better understanding of classification, differential diagnosis, and treatment approaches for the primary headache disorders using a case-based approach.  Highlighted areas will include the new headache classification, headaches during pregnancy and lactation, sleep issues and headache, associated dental issues, behavioral issues and headache and chronic migraine.  The evidence base for pharmacological, behavioral, and injection treatments will be discussed, as will new agents in the treatment pipeline.

Target Audience

Physicians, Dentists, Psychologists and other medical professionals who are interested in the treatment of headache.

Learning objective

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify issues in the classification of primary headache disorders and to screen for secondary
  • headache disorders.
  • Review the various evidence-based acute and preventive treatments for episodic and chronic
  • migraine, and review newer agents under investigation
  • Recognize important issues in managing sleep disorders in patients with headaches
  • Describe ways to manage headache in pregnancy and lactation
  • Recognize dental issues in headache and facial pain
  • Recognize diagnostic issues and treatment considerations in new daily persistent headaches
  • (NDPH)
  • Understand migraine chronification
  • Identify behavioral issues in migraine
  • Describe non-pharmacological interventions
  • Cluster and TACs

Physician Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and the Headache Cooperative of New England (HCNE).  TUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TUSM designates this live activity for a maximum of ___ AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Requirements for successful completion

To receive CE credit, participants must sign in, attend the entire activity and complete and submit the activity evaluation provided in syllabus materials.  Certificates/statements of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks after the activity.

For Registration and program information, please go to the website for the Headache Consortium of New England at www.hacoop.org.

This course is jointly sponsored by the Headache Cooperative of New England and Tufts University School of Medicine Division of Continuing Education


8:00-8:05         Welcome and Introduction                             Randall E. Weeks, Ph.D.

8:05-8:35         The New Classification of Headache             Morris Levin, M.D.



8:35-9:05         Headaches You Better Not Miss                    Allan Purdy, M.D.

9:05-9:30         Acute Migraine Therapy                                 Elizabeth W. Loder, M.D.,


9:30-9:55         Preventive Treatments for Migraine               Thomas N. Ward, M.D.

9:55-10:10       Q&A

10:10-10:25     Break

10:25-10:50     What’s’ new in the treatment pipeline            Alan Rapoport, M.D.

10:50-11:15     Headache and Sleep                                       Robert E. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.

11:15-11:40     Headache in Pregnancy and Lactation                       Brian McGeeney, M.D., M.P.H.

11:40-12:00     Q&A



12:00-1:30       Soup, Sandwich, and Cephalalgias                 Morris Levin, M.D.

1:30-2:00         Headaches of Short Duration                         Rebecca Burch, M.D.

2:00-2:30         Dental Issues and Headache                           Steven Scrivani D.D.S.,                                                                                              D.Med.Sc.

2:30-3:00         Migraine Chronification:

What it is, why it occurs, how to treat it                                Paul Rizzoli, M.D.

3:00-3:20         Q&A

3:20-3:35         Break

3:35-4:05         Behavioral Issues and Headache                    Steven M. Baskin, Ph.D.

4:05-4:35         New Daily Persistent Headache                     Herbert G. Markley, M.D.

4:35-4:55         Q&A

4:55-5:00         Closing Remarks                                             Randall E. Weeks, Ph.D.