Consider this Migraine World Summit for new members as a cheat sheet! Whether you are new to the diagnosis or not, this will help you navigate your way through to the most effective path to choose so you get to what's applicable to you. And help you find all of the information available.
It's a brief introduction to the who, what, when, where, why, how, how much, what's new and helpful links. I want to make sure you know how to get access to this life changing event.
This event is for you, the migraine patient... the person living with migraine. It's for your friends and family who know you and love you. It's for people you meet in the waiting room at doctors appointments. Or random people you meet here and there as you navigate your way through this condition.
Anyone is welcome to watch the event online. So be sure to share this page with your friends.
The hosts. Both Paula Dumas and Carl Cincinnato are people living with migraine. They have both 'survived' chronic migraine and are now episodic. They consider this a huge success.
Doctors and specialists. Experts from around the world (18 countries) are interviewed to bring us (patients) the latest cutting-edge migraine and headache research and information.
Volunteers. The Migraine World Summit does not employ any full-time employees, most of their team members (60+) are volunteers. Many have migraine themselves.
The Migraine World Summit is like a medical conference for patients. It is the world's largest online migraine patient event. And it's also the "leading international patient event for people living with migraine and headache”.
For a week or so each year, the summit streams the interviews of experts from around the world to bring us (migraine patients) the most current, cutting-edge information. With so many changes over the past few years, it's crucial to get up to date information.
There is a daily schedule so you can decide in advance what to watch (or listen to) each day. And you can pick which topics are more relevant to your situation.
The Migraine World Summit is an annual event held each year. It is live every year in March.
The 2021 online Migraine World Summit was live from March 17th - 25th, and the 18th - 26th here in Australia.
Once you register from the links in this page you will go on their mailing list and be notified of the event's daily schedule.
The summit is entirely online and virtual due to the restrictions imposed by COVID.
In the past, they have had both in-person onstage events as well as the virtual event. But this year it will be 100% virtual. They hope to include in-person events in the future from 2022.
You can register for free access right now! If you register today, you’ll receive updates about what is coming so that you can decide what to watch. And there are always some surprises released, so read the emails!
Half of us, people living with migraine, are still not receiving proper treatment and migraine disease is still dreadfully underfunded by governments all over the globe.
Not every doctor knows how to treat migraine effectively. They may know a little about it, perhaps the common medications, but if you have a difficult to treat pattern of attacks, you need someone who knows what a good pain management strategy is.
Plus, in the past few years, (more than ever) there have been significant advancements in more targeted medications.
The summit also supports non-profits and other organizations dedicated to fighting migraine. They donate up to 50% of their proceeds to migraine charity partners, with over $25,000 USD going to charities across three continents over the last few years.
It's advocacy helps to show policy-makers, researchers, and governments that migraine research needs to become a priority. I look at it like a vote. So vote with your registration. Tell your friends and family to vote too... there's power in numbers.
Let me give you this helpful information directly from the summit team:
If you miss the live event, you can still purchase the current (or past) Migraine World Summit library of material, which includes: videos and transcripts of all interviews; depending on the level you'll also get guides (food, supplement, best medication treatment, etc.); a lot of additional information about new treatments, treatment combinations, resources, and invaluable tips.
Their interactive guide for medical treatment alone is amazing.
The online Migraine World Summit is free to watch during the live event. Each day four interviews are released and are available for 24 hours before the next day's interviews are released.
If you wish to purchase unlimited access to all the interviews, video, audio, and transcripts from this year you can order your own copy.
There are 3 levels you can choose from. The basic one starts at $99US and they go up from there. Plus there is always an early bird option. Click here for more details about the All Access or VIP Passes.
If you register for free you can check out all the features first. There is NO obligation to purchase anything.
Besides a one hour summary of highlights followed by a one hour LIVE Q&A, the gracious hosts of the summit surprised us with this...
This year, as an added bonus, you will get access to the uncut version of the interviews when you purchase any package. This means about 3 hours of additional footage not shown on the shorter 30 minute interviews for the live stream. SURPRISE!!
I've written more about what's new - click here.
There are new features at the summit this year to help keep it simple. Let's face it, migraines are complicated and there's A LOT to know. So they've kind of streamlined how you can get your information without information overload. It's called Learning Tracks.
Here is what they are doing this year:
So, if you're new to the migraine diagnosis and just want the basics, you can follow Migraine 101. If you've been struggling with migraine attacks for years, you might choose Difficult to Treat. Or if you lean toward a more natural approach, then you'll want to select Complementary Therapies and Prevention. It's up to you which path you follow.
Or if you're like me, you might just want to watch it all in sequence.
So that's it for now. The most important thing to know is that The Migraine World Summit for new members is FREE to register - here's the link again - click here for free registration to the summit.