Hull to host global meeting of headache experts

Communications TeamNews

Research, prevention strategies, and why migraine tends to affect women in particular, are just three of the topics for discussion as headache and migraine experts from around the world descend on Hull this week.

Guests and speakers from as far afield as Denmark, Norway and the United States will attend the seventh Biennial National Meeting on Headache, organised jointly by the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH), Migraine Trust and the Department of Neurology at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, Consultant Neurologist based at Hull Royal Infirmary, says:

“For a long time, Hull has held a reputation as one of the leading centres for headache and migraine research and treatment in the country. In what is a very special year; our UK City of Culture year; we are proud to be able to bring world renowned experts in headache and migraine to Hull, not only to learn about the advancements we are making here in Hull, but to showcase the wider city and region, and all it has to offer.

“The meeting will give our local Neurologists, Neurology trainees, GPs and general physicians, the chance to hear about some of the latest advances in international headache research, as well as emerging treatments for migraine and other primary headache disorders including cluster headache.”

The two-day summit for professionals, which will also mark the 25th anniversary, ‘Silver Jubilee’ of BASH, takes place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January at Lazaat Hotel and Restaurant, Cottingham. The event will comprise case presentations and interactive discussion sessions on topics such as unusual headaches, innovative treatments, and the science behind headaches.

To supplement the BASH professionals’ event, a public information and awareness session will also be held there on Saturday 28th January. This informal event is being held to enable members of the public to better understand their headache or migraine, to meet the experts, hear about latest treatments and research, and understand when to seek help. The event has been organised in partnership with the Migraine Trust.

Dr Ahmed continues:

“In many respects, Hull is leading the way in the field of migraine and headache treatment, so this week is all about shining a light on the subject, and our city, and getting people talking.

“To have global experts in this field here in Hull is very exciting. We hope they will not only bring expertise and knowledge which can be applied to the care of our patients across East Yorkshire and beyond, but that local people suffering from headache or migraine will also be encouraged to come forward and seek the advice and support they need.”


The 7th Biennial BASH National Meeting on Headache will be held from 26th to 28th January at Lazaat Hotel and Restaurant, Cottingham. The event will consist of a two day conference for professionals on 26th and 27th, followed by a public event on 28th designed to help local headache and migraine sufferers.  For more information and to book on to the public event, visit