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Course Details
The next Headache Masterclass will be held at:
The Royal College of Physicians
Regent's Park, London on
21 June 2019
Associate Professor 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.

Dr Manjit Matharu

Dr Manjit Matharu is Associate Professor 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 Matharu is a member of the headache and pain subcommittee of the Association of British Neurologists. He was a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline development group (GDG) for Headache Disorders.

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 Fayyaz Ahmed

Dr Fayyaz  Ahmed qualified from Dow Medical College, Karachi (Pakistan) in 1986 and moved to the UK after his residency. He was trained in Neurology at the St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and the Imperial College, London and was affiliated with the Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic at the Charing Cross Hospital (1992-1996) where he did his research. He has been a consultant neurologist at Hull since 1996 where he established a dedicated headache clinic.  He was the clinical director for Neurosciences (2003-2011) during which he completed his MBA (exec) with distinction from University of Hull. He served in BASH as secretary (2005-2008), vice chair (2009-2010) and chair (2011-2013) and is currently chair of Headache (UK), Trustee of the Migraine Trust and Director at the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC), topic specific member in the NICE headache guidelines (CG150-revision), a member of the ABN headache sub committee and educational officer for BASH. His research interest lies in Chronic Migraine and Cluster Headaches and is involved in headache education in the UK for many years. He recently completed his certificate in postgraduate medical education from Hull York Medical School.

Dr Debie Alvares

Dr Debie Alvares is a consultant neurologist at St Richards Hospital in Chichester and honorary consultant neurologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals tertiary referral centre. She studied medicine at University College London in 1993, and intercalated a BSc in neuroscience and a PhD in the field of neonatal pain. After qualifying with an MB PhD in 2001, and completing MRCP training, she trained as a neurologist at various London teaching hospitals. She worked at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery under the headache group, where she developed her interest in headache.

She was holder of the National Treasure post in Neurorehabilitation in 2010. She is a member of BASH and has given various talks to students, junior doctors and GPs on headache. She runs a local headache clinic at St Richard’s Hospital.

 Dr Jane Anderson

Dr Anderson is a consultant neurologist and the clinical lead for the refractory headache service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and trained in clinical neurology in Southampton, Cambridge, Norwich and London. Dr Anderson’s specialist interests focus on the management of cranio-cervical pain and movement disorders with specific interest in the primary refractory headache disorders (chronic migraine, vestibular migraine and the trigeminal autonomic cephalagias).

She retains an honorary position in the Headache Group in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, but works principally between Addenbrooke’s and Princess Alexandra Hospital. She sits on the advisory group for headache and pain for the Association of British Neurologists.

Dr Paul Ballinger

Dr Paul Ballinger has been a General Practitioner in Staffordshire since 1996 and a headache specialist since 2003. Dr Ballinger runs a headache service for Cannock and Stafford commissioning groups. He writes occasionally for the GP press on topics related to headache. Dr Ballinger also has an interest in diabetes and musculoskeletal medicine.


  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 Anna Cohen

Dr Anna Cohen is a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital London, and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. She trained in Oxford and London, and obtained her PhD at the Institute of Neurology with Professor Peter Goadsby. Her specialist research interest is Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias, particularly SUNCT/SUNA, and the use of inhaled oxygen in cluster headache. She has published widely in terms of original clinical research, case series, reviews and book chapters; as well as peer reviewing in international headache journals.

 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 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.


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 (the Lambert Eaton syndrome).

Thereafter he acquired an interest in headache and since becoming a consultant in 1993 established and ran the headache clinic at the Royal London Hospital (ultimately Barts Health NHS Trust) until 2011, with ongoing clinical trial work mostly in MS at that Trust, but resigned in 2017. From 2011 until 2014 he was part time medical director of the National Migraine Centre. He was an NHS consultant neurologist in Colchester from 1993 to 2001 where he was sole neurologist for 0.3 million with a 2 year waiting list. From 2001 he has had a portfolio career including private and medicolegal practice, contract work for PCTs & CCGs, and waiting list initiatives. From 2014 he was part time agency locum, eventually in York where he believes his energy and enthusiasm as a generalist and diagnostician are recognised, so now has a part time NHS contract, with plan to retire in late 2019.  

He has been Director of the City of London Migraine Clinic, Treasurer of the British Association for the Study of Headache, and President of Anglo-Dutch Migraine Association.

He was delighted to become a grandparent in 2018.

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 Jeban Ganesalingam

Dr Jeban Ganesalingam is a Consultant Neurologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. He graduated from Kings College Hospital, London and completed his Neurology training at Imperial College Hospital, London and developed an interest in headaches whilst training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Since becoming a Consultant, he has worked closely with the local CCGs in the development of new headache guidelines as well as local presentations to the GPs to facilitate the management of primary headaches in the community.

He is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School giving seminars on headaches.

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 and clinical lead of the Headache Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Dr Lambru gained his degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy). 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 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 trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias and cranial neuralgias that has led him to undertake a PhD degree at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. He is involved in clinical and preclinical research in collaboration with the Headache laboratory within the Wolfson CARD-King’s College London. Dr Lambru has authored a number of scientific publications and presented at national and international headache conferences.

 Dr Marcus Lewis


Dr Marcus Lewis is a GP at a busy inner London teaching practice and programme director for GP training on the Royal Free Hospital GP Speciality Training Scheme. He was a Specialist Practitioner in Headache and Migraine at The National Migraine Centre [previously known as The City Of London Migraine Clinic] from 2008 to 2017. He studied medicine at Oxford University before transferring to University College London medical school to complete his clinical training. He trained as a GP on the Royal Free Hospital Vocational Training Scheme and passed membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners with merit. He regularly teaches GPs and GP VTS training groups on the topic of headache; is an active member of the British Association for the Study of Headache GPwSI group; and has published on the subject of Medication Overuse Headache. He also has an interest in Performing Arts Membership and is on the clinical committee of BAPAM (the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) and is the doctor to the Southbank Sinfonia orchestra.

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 Sarah Miller

Dr Sarah Miller is a Locum Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Research Fellow with the Headache Group at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  She is currently working towards a PhD in neuromodulation techniques for primary headache conditions.

She trained in London and gained her MBBS in 2003.  She undertook her neurology specialist training in Glasgow and developed an interest in headache at this time.  Dr Miller took up a consultant post in Glasgow in 2011 within the West of Scotland Regional Headache Service.  She took the decision to move to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2012 to pursue a research degree and took up the role of locum consultant in 2014.  She has an interest in neurostimulation for intractable headaches and headache education for both academic and clinical students.  Dr Miller has authored a number of scientific papers and book chapters and has also presented at a number of national and international medical conferences. 

 Dr Katy Munro

Dr Katy Munro has been a GP principal in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire for 24 years. She recently left the Practice and the NHS and now works as a GP Headache Specialist at the National Migraine Centre, as an advocate for GPs for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC Pastoral care team and is a private GP. She has had a personal interest in the management of migraine for many years and first attended the National Migraine Centre as a patient! She now rarely suffers from migraines and highly recommends leaving the NHS as it leads to more regular mealtimes. 


 Dr Nazeli Manukyan


Dr Nazeli Manukyan is a GP in Surrey, a GP Appraiser for South London and a Headache Specialist at The National Migraine Centre. She obtained her primary medical degree in Armenia in 1992, where she also completed her postgraduate residency in Neurology.

She moved to the UK in 2000 and trained in medical and general practice specialties, leading to the Memberships of Royal College of Physicians (2005) and Royal College of General Practice (2008).


She has been specialising in headache management since 2011 working at The National Migraine Centre and treating patients with a wide range of headache presentations including chronic migraine, cluster headache, and medication overuse headache. Her training in contraception and family planning has been beneficial in dealing with hormonal and menopausal migraine triggers.


She manages her own migraine by enjoying her clinical workload, avoiding NHS bureaucratic burden whenever possible, and devoting her free time to yoga and piano practice.

 Dr Niranjanan Nirmalananthan


Dr Nirmalananthan is a Consultant Neurologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London. He graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University before studying Medicine at King’s College London. He was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience from the Institute of Neurology, University College London before undertaking higher specialist training in neurology at St George’s Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. He set up the Headache Service at St George's Hospital in 2012. He is currently Clinical Director for Neurosciences at St George's University Hospitals Trust.

Dr Alexandra Sinclair

Dr Alexandra Sinclair is a Consultant Neurologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University