In a continued effort to create awareness about migraine and headache disease, we have developed a Miles for Migraine Education Day. This event will be about creating community and sharing knowledge for people with migraine and other headache disorder, and for their families and loved ones.
The day will be both informational and experiential. Our goal is for the person with headache disease to both learn and be supported. Topics will cover coping strategies, advocacy, stigma, research, and medical advancements. There will be time to join with others in a supportive and safe community.
We have invited local doctors and other providers to give lectures and provide an opportunity for open dialogue and experiential participation so that the day is not confined to only lectured information.
Twelve percent of the world’s population is affected by migraines, tallying up to more than 35 million people in the US alone. The World Health Organization lists it among the top ten most disabling conditions. But even with those numbers, why are we still plagued with this disorder and what can we do, in our daily lives, to manage this devastating and demoralizing brain illness?
Dr. Morris Levin serves as chief of the Division of Headache Medicine and director of the Headache Center at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in the management of all forms of facial pain and headache, including migraine, cluster headache, cervicogenic headache (neck-related headaches) and post-traumatic headaches. His research interests include cervicogenic headache, post-concussive headache, diagnosis in headaches, and medical education in neurology. Dr. Levin earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Subsequently, he completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by subspecialty training at the Montefiore Hospital Headache Unit and Michigan Head-Pain and Neurological Institute. He is board certified in neurology and pain medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and holds board certification in Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
He is the co-author of the recent book, Understanding Your Migraines.
Eileen Jones, RN, PHN Eileen is the Founder of Miles for Migraine and served as President from 2008 – 2016. A migraine patient herself for many years, she started the non-profit after a 2007 visit to Congress, along with mostly headache disorders physician research specialists from across the US, to advocate for the acute need for migraine research funding from the NIH. That group formalized into the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, where Eileen is a founding board member, and returns annually at their own expense to ask Congressional representatives for headache research support. Miles for Migraine races exists to raise public support for the needs of migraine and headache disorders and direct funds to research. It is her fervent desire to expand the race to major U.S. cities.
After graduating from Stanford University, Eileen worked as a critical care unit nurse for many years and a disaster nurse specialist for the American Red Cross since 1998.
Sue Gritzner – Dr. Gritzner is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. She provides self-management tools and education about chronic pain to patients and families, in conjunction with physical therapy and medical approaches, to optimize functional outcomes and improve quality of life for patients. She is especially interested in evidence based approaches such as cognitive behavioral techniques and approaches that facilitate a relaxation response (biofeedback, guided imagery, relaxation and meditation).
Annika Ehrlich, Nurse Practitioner, provides care for patients at the UCSF Headache Center. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified by the American Academy of Neuroscience Nursing. With a focus on self-advocacy, she treats each patient in the context of their environment, individual background and circumstances. She provides holistic care via western medicine and helps patients connect with resources to help with headaches, such as the Yoga for Headaches workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, pain psychology methods, acupuncture, neutraceuticals, aromatherapy and physical therapy. She is a yoga practitioner and believes that yoga and meditation can be modified to the needs of the patient and beneficial for everyone.
Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN is Higgins Professor of Neurology and Director of the Headache Program at Stanford University. Dr. Cowan attended University of Southern California, Keck Medical School, completed a residency program at USC Department of Neurology and served on faculty there until 2000. He is Board Certified in the areas of: Psychiatry and Neurology and Pain Medicine. He also holds subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine. Dr. Cowan is widely published in various scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association Cephalalgia, and Headache as well as authoring books, book chapters and scientific presentations. Dr. Cowan is the author of The Keeler Migraine Method (Penguin/Avery, 2008) and lectures both nationally and internationally on a variety of headache topics. He has appeared on NBC, CBS and has been featured in articles ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Vogue Magazine.
Dr. Cowan is immediate past-President of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. He is on the boards of the Alliance for Headache Diseases Advocacy, the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, the American Headache and Migraine Association, and the American Council for Headache Education. He is an editor of Headache Currents, a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Headache, Cephalalgia, and the Western Journal of Medicine.
Along with Dr. Alan Rapoport, Professor of Neurology at UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Cowan co-founded Bon Triage, LLC that develops computer-based tools to aid in the diagnosis, education, and care of people with chronic medical conditions. Before medical school Dr. Cowan founded and subsequently sold Continuing Health Education Systems, one of the first computer-based CME programs.
Dr. Cowan’s primary interest is in improvement of headache care, utilizing novel resources to provide more accurate diagnosis, more effective treatment options while reducing delays in service and decreasing costs. He has been the recipient of NIH, foundation, industry and individual grants and gifts for his research, in excess of 6M dollars. His current research focuses on chronic daily headache, including resting state imaging with fMRI, CSF and whole blood analysis, , deep phenotyping, TMS, and electrophysiologic measures.