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Our first annual scientific and educational advisory board meeting, on October 23rd, was full of invigorating discussion and a wealth of great ideas. It underscores how essential the word “collaborate” is within the goals of our Mission. I am very grateful, for every member shared their time and expertise with a generosity of spirit in the common goal: assisting patients across the spectrum of migraine disease get the help they need.
We spoke about everything from the very basics of getting through daily life, from proper nutrition, rest and issues of depression, to proper diagnosing of migraine and treatments available, as well as promising new treatments coming, and changes in healthcare policies. Most importantly, how we (as AMD) can best serve the needs of the migraine community.
What sets us apart is the fact that as doctors and researchers, we come from a wonderfully diverse group of specialties, and in our conversations, we have all experienced patients with undiagnosed migraine. Together, with our multidisciplinary roots, we plan to develop a “best practices” way to diagnose and treat migraine, whether a new patient goes to an ER, or a family physician, therapist, a nurse practitioner, or any health care professional. They need help. They need answers. They need practical, everyday solutions that can improve the quality of their lives.
We need better education for both patients and doctors, proper diagnosing, more individual patient treatments that work, and development of strong partnerships in the Healthcare Industry. Lofty goals? yes! I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with a commitment to excellence.
I am deeply grateful for all the SA board members who attended.
I am excited to see what this next year will bring as we start working on a healthy, thriving future for all who suffer with migraine!