The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy
grew from a September, 2007, meeting and project
to address the NIH funding issue described below. That inadequate
funding is the first issue that the AHDA has undertaken, and will
continue to address.
In September, 2007...
... doctors, scientists, and patient advocates went to Congress to
plead our case for increased NIH funding for research into
migraine and other headache disorders. We called this event
“Headache on the Hill.”
Headache on the
Hill made progress, but the necessary increases in NIH funding
will not happen overnight and will require persistent advocacy
on the part of many people.
for Headache Disorders Advocacy is a new organization made
up of doctors, other healthcare professionals, research
scientists, and patients just like you. Our current mission is
to increase NIH funding for research into headache disorders.
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Todd J. Schwedt, MD, MSCI, and Robert E. Shapiro,
MD, PhD, wrote "Funding of Research on Headache Disorders by the
National Institutes of Health." This article was published in
Headache. Download a copy
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- Headache disorders cause more
than 1 percent of all disability and 9 percent of all lost labor
in the US every year.
alone is the 12th most disabling disorder in the
Headache disorders are the
most prevalent neurological disorders, affecting more than
90% of all Americans.
The US annual direct and
indirect economic costs of headache disorders exceed $31
The NIH expended less than $10
million in 2006 towards all research on headache disorders,
comprising less than 0.05 percent of its total budget.
For more headache and
Migraine facts, see our
Headache Disorders Fact Sheet.