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Course Details
The next Headache Masterclass will be held at:
The Royal College of Physicians
Regent's Park, London on
19 June 2015
Organisers
Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Headache Group, Institute of Neurology and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

Assistant Course Co-ordinators:
Dr Paul Shanahan MBBCh BAO MRCPI
Consultant Neurologist, Headache Group, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.
Consultant Neurologist and Director of North Midlands Headache Clinic, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent.
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Dr Manjit Matharu

Dr Manjit Matharu is a Senior Lecturer at The Institute of Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen square, London, UK. He is the Clinical Lead of the Headache Group at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery   
 
Dr Matharu gained his BSc and MBChB from the University of Manchester in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He completed his general medical training in London leading up to obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1998. He subsequently obtained a PhD at The Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London on Structural and Functional Neuroimaging in Primary Headache Syndromes. He completed his residency in Neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, The Royal London Hospital and Homerton Hospital in London in 2007. Dr Matharu’s major research interests include functional and structural imaging in Primary headaches, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias and neurostimulation for intractable headaches. He has authored numerous scientific papers.



Dr Paul Shanahan

Dr Paul Shanahan is a Consultant Neurologist with the Headache Group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He trained at University College Dublin and gained his MB BCh BAO in 1993. He undertook general medical training in Ireland before specialising in Neurology in 1997, and has trained in Neurology in Ireland and London.

He trained in Headache at the Headache Group of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery before taking up his current consultant post there. His interests include chronic migraine, hemiplegic migraine and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias.

 



Dr Brendan Davies

Dr Brendan Davies is a Consultant Neurologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where he coordinates the acute inpatient headache pathway. He is also Clinical Director of the North Midlands Regional Headache Clinic, which is affiliated to Keele University Medical School. He qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London.

He developed an interest in headache disorders as a Senior Registrar at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He trained as an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at The Headache Group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

He organises a course for the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH). His specific interests include acute secondary headache disorders, chronic daily headache disorders, and headache education.
  
 


Prof Paul Booton

Prof Paul Booton is Professor of General Practice and Primary Care At St George’s, University of London. He trained at the London Hospital Medical College and after working as medical officer for the UN High Commission for Refugees amongst the Vietnamese Boat people in Hong Kong trained initially as a physician before moving into academic General Practice as a lecturer in Primary Care at the Guys and St. Thomas. At King’s he set up the first experiment teaching general medicine in general practice and then as Undergraduate Dean led the development of the King’s New Curriculum and the merger with the new Guy’s Kings and St. Thomas medical school. He has worked extensively in medical education developing a series of initiatives in undergraduate education and assessment. He became involved with the National Migraine centre when writing a textbook of primary care and subsequently joined the team at the centre coming out of his longstanding clinical interests in headache in primary care.



Dr Anne Coker

Dr Anne Coker gained her MBChB from Dundee University in 1984. She has worked part-time as a General Practitioner for nineteen years. She passed the MRCGP with Merit. Sha has worked as a General Practitioner with Special Interest (GPwSI) in Neurology in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee since 2005, with an emphasis on Headache as well as First Seizure clinics.

She was a member of the guideline group which developed the SIGN Guidelines for Headache, published in 2008. In conjunction with a principal clinical pharmacist, she developed the Tayside area prescribing guide for Migraine in June 2009. She was on the General Neurology as well as the Epilepsy sub-group committee of the Neurology Quality Improvement Scotland and participated in the development of Clinical standards for Neurological Health Services in Scotland, published in October 2009.



Dr Callum Duncan

Dr Callum Duncan is a Consultant Neurologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he has run a Headache clinic, along with Dr David Watson (GPwSI Headache), since 2008. He obtained his MBChB from Aberdeen University in 1999, during which he also obtained an intercalated PhD. He trained in General Medicine in Aberdeen, Neurology in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and Headache in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is about to start an attachment as an Honorary Clinical Fellow with the Headache Group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

 

He developed an interest in headache as a Specialist Registrar and has a particular interest in the assessment of acute (potentially sinister) headache, the management of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache and headache education. He was Secretary of project group that wrote the SIGN guideline 107, Diagnosis and Management of Headache in Adults, and a member of the headache sub-group for the Quality Improvement Scotland Neurology Standards, published in 2009.


 

Dr Giles Elrington

Dr Giles Elrington qualified at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1980 with honours in Surgery, and in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He trained in London, Oxford and Southampton. His MD thesis in the late 1980s was on cross-reactive autoimmunity between small cell lung cancer and the neuromuscular junction. Thereafter he acquired an interest in headache and since becoming a consultant in 1993 has run the Headache clinic at the Royal London Hospital, later Barts and the London NHS Trust where more recently he has done clinical trial work in headache and multiple sclerosis. From 1993 to 2001 he was also consultant neurologist in Colchester where he established the neurocare rehabilitation team. From 2001 he has has a portfolio career in which the largest growth area has been running clinics from Primary Care Trusts in Essex.

He is a former treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Headache, on the Executive Committee of the Anglo-Dutch Migraine Association, and a Director of the City of London Migraine Clinic.




Dr Manuela Fontebasso

Dr Manuela Fontebasso graduated from Leeds University in 1980, and started in general practice in York in 1984. She started work at the Headache Clinic at York Hospital in 1997, and more recently has been a GP with Special Interest in Headache, her role being formally acknowledged following an accreditation interview in 2009. She currently works six sessions a week in general practice, a day a week at the headache clinic and is involved in GP Appraisal and the Revalidation process. Dr Fontebasso is also a Senior Honorary Clinical Tutor at Hull York Medical School, teaching Year 1 and Year 2 students during clinical placement in general practice.


Dr Fontebasso has authored a book, Migraine and other Headaches, as well as a variety of articles on various aspects of headache and migraine management. She has lectured widely nationally and internationally on the subject of headache. Dr Fontebasso enjoys facilitating educational meetings for health care professionals as well as headache sufferers to enable them all to better understand and manage headache symptoms safely and effectively.

Dr Fontebasso was on one of the working groups discussing the NSF on Long Term Neurological conditions. She is a member of BASH and has close working relationships with Migraine Trust and Migraine Action. 
 



Dr David Kernick

Dr Kernick is a General Practitioner with Special Interest (GPwSI) in headache. He started life as a chemical engineer and worked in Canada with the Proctor & Gamble Company before returning to the Welsh National School of Medicine. He has been a full-time General Practitioner for the past 25 years in a large medical group in Exeter which is an NHS R&D practice where he is the lead research GP. He holds an honorary research post at the Peninsular Medical School. His research interests are in headache and chaos and complexity theory. He runs an Intermediate Care Headache Clinic in Exeter and was formerly Chairman of the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH). He has published a number of papers on headache in primary care and has recently co-edited the Oxford University Press Manual of Headache. Other roles include Medical Officer to Exeter City Football Club.

Dr Kernick is the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Clinical Champion for Headache. Dr Kernick chairs the International Headache Society Primary Care Special Interest Group.
 


Dr Giorgio Lambru

Dr Giorgio Lambru is a Consultant Neurologist at the Pain Management and Neuromodulation Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Dr Lambru gained his degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy) in 2004. He then trained in Neurology at the University-Hospital of Parma (Italy), when he initially developed his interest in Headache medicine. As part of his training, he collaborated clinically and academically with the Headache Centre of the University of Parma from 2005 to 2009, actively involved in clinical-epidemiological research in primary headache disorders.

In 2010 he undertook a one year clinical fellowship within the Headache group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery developing an interest in cranial neuralgiform disorders that has led him to undertake a PhD degree in 2011 in the study of SUNCT, SUNA and trigeminal neuralgia at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. Dr Lambru has authored a number of scientific papers and presented at international headache conferences.
  



Prof Anne MacGregor

Anne MacGregor is honorary Professor at the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and a Specialist in Headache and Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at Barts Health NHS Trust.


She worked at the City of London Migraine Clinic from 1988 to 2011 and has been actively involved with the lay and professional headache charities, serving as a trustee of the Migraine Trust and a member of the Medical Advisory Board and on the Executive Boards of BASH and ADMA. She was on the Board of Directors of the IHS for ten years, first as Honorary General Secretary and later as Honorary Treasurer.

Currently she is joint Faculty Deanery Advisor for North East Thames, General Training Programme Director in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) for Barts Health NHS Trust and Vice Chair of the Examination committee and Convener of the Critical Reading paper for MFSRH. In 2002 she received the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Award, awarded by the World Headache Alliance to a woman who has “made an extraordinary contribution toward relieving the burden of headaches on those affected”. Her research covers all aspects of headache and migraine with a particular interest in the effects of sex hormones on headache. 




Dr Michael McKenzie

Dr Michael McKenzie is a full time General Practitioner  (GP) partner in Glasgow who has also been working as a General Practitioner with Special Interest (GPwSI) in headache with the West of Scotland Headache Group in the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow since 2005. He gained his MBChB from Glasgow University in 1995 and self-constructed his GP training scheme resulting in him passing his MRCGP with Merit in 2003. He became a GP partner in 2005 and has also been working for the West of Scotland Headache service since then where he undertakes independent Headache clinics. He was on the Headache sub-group committe of the Neurology Quality Improvement Scotland process from 2008 to 2009, which devised Clinical standards for Neurological Health services in Scotland.



Dr Alexandra Sinclair

Dr Alexandra Sinclair is a Consultant Neurologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham.


Dr Sinclair gained her MBChB (Hons) from the University Of Birmingham School Of Medicine in 2000 and attained her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2003. She then trained as a Neurology Specialist Registrar in the West Midlands before taking time out of her training to pursue research into idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) as a Medical Research Council, Clinical Research Training Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She attained her PhD in 2010 which addressed the impact of weight and glucocorticoid metabolism on IIH. She completed subspecialty training in headache at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

 She now works as a NIHR Clinician Scientist in Neurology with a role combining clinical, in-vivo and in-vitro research into IIH and the neuroendocrine aspects of headache. She is setting up specialist headache services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and has a specific interest into headaches relating to changes in intracranial pressure. 




Dr Nicholas Silver

Dr Nicholas Silver is a Consultant Neurologist at the Walton centre for Neuroscience NHS Foundation Trust, where he runs a clinic for refractory headache disorders. He trained in London at Queen Square and Barts/The Royal London. He did a PhD in magnetic resonance imaging and inflammatory/toxic neurological disorders before pursuing a specialist interest in headache disorders. He has a particular interest in non-headache symptoms and associated menifestations of headache disorders, particularly with regard to migraine as well as a clinical interest in the association between sleep and headache disorders 

 


Dr Alok Tyagi

Dr Alok Tyagi is a Consultant Neurologist at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. He is the Lead Clinician for the West of Scotland Regional Headache service which he established on taking up his current post.

Dr Tyagi gained his MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India. He then trained in General Medicine and subsequently Neurology at LNJPN & GB Pant Hospitals in New Delhi, India. He undertook further training in Neurology in the British Isles prior to taking up his Consultant post in Glasgow in 2003. Dr Tyagi's interests include management of chronic daily headache and headaches due to alterations in CSF pressure. Dr Tyagi also has a very keen interest in headache education and is actively involved in the organization and delivery of lectures and teaching courses on headache disorders in Scotland.
 

 
Dr David Watson

Dr David PB Watson graduated from Aberdeen University in 1984. Dr Watson completed his GP training in Aberdeen and after a short stint in Australia returned to Aberdeen in 1990 where he has worked since at the Hamilton Medical Group, 4 Queens Road, Aberdeen. Dr Watson developed an interest in Headache in 1992 and was asked to set up a secondary care clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 2005. He has worked there since as a GPwSI in Headache

Between 2005 and 2008, Dr Watson was Chairman of the project group that wrote SIGN guideline 107, Diagnosis and Management of Headache in Adults. Between 2007 and 2008, he was a group member of the Scottish Executive Neurosciences Project Board. Between 2008 and 2009, Dr Watson was a group member of the generic group, and chair of the Headache subgroup, for the Neurological Standards project set up by Quality Improvement Scotland. The standards were published in September 2009.

Dr Watson has authored a number of papers and articles including an editorial in BJGP on the challenges and opportunities in Headache management. He has lectured widely on Headache to GPs, neurologists, pharmacists, nurses, medical students and patients.

Dr Watson's Headache interests are GP education and the management of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache.


 

Dr Mark Weatherall

Dr Mark Weatherall is Consultant Neurologist to the Imperial College Healthcare and Ealing Hospital NHS Trusts. Educated at Abingdon and Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read medical sciences, he pursued a career as a medical historian for six years before completeing his medical training. He trained in neurology at Oxford, Nottingham, Preston and Manchester, before an interest in headache brought him to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where he was clinical fellow in the Headache Group. He sees patients at The Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital, and also in a headache clinic at Ealing Hospital. His clinical and research interests centre around chronic headache disorders, in particular medication overuse headache and new daily persistent headache.       



  

Dr Stuart Weatherby

Dr Stuart Weatherby is a Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician for the Headache Clinic at The Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. He qualified from Bristol University and trained in general medicine in North Staffordshire and Oxford. He completed general neurology training at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham and has a higher degree in genetic and clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis. He completed additional subspeciality training in headache at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and specialist centres in Madrid, Spain. He is an honorary clinical fellow at the Peninsula Medical School

He has a particular subspeciality interest in headache disorders, acute neurology and motor neurone disease. He is council meember of the british Association for the Study of headaches (BASH), and co-founder of the Peninsula Headache Network. Other roles include Trust lead for long-term conditions and joint director of the Peninsula Motor Neurone Disease Network.


 

Dr Tim Young

Dr Tim Young is a Consultant Neurologist with the Headache Group at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He obtained his BSc and MBBS (with distinction) at Kings College London, graduating in 1997. After medical training in London, he passed his MRCP in 2000, before specialising  in Neurology in 2001. His PhD (in the filed of Autonomic Medicine) was completed at  Imperial College London. Dr Young has authored a number of scientific  papers and  both presented at and attended international conferences, most recently the International Headache Society (IHS) conference in Philadelphia in September 2009. He is currently working on several research projects.