34th Annual HCNE Winter Headache Symposium

Stamford, CT US
March 8, 2024 to March 9, 2024

The evaluation, diagnosis and management of headache and facial pain disorders are a very important continuing education mission and one of the primary objectives of the Headache Cooperative of the Northeast. The goal of this conference is to increase the requisite skills needed to classify, differentially diagnose, and treat the most common primary and secondary headache disorders.  Join us for this exciting symposium and register today!

Target Audience

This program is designed to educate practitioners who have an interest in the diagnosis and management of headache disorders. These include neurologists, primary care providers, dentists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other health care providers with an interest in Headache Medicine. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants will be able to:                                                           

  • Describe the classification, diagnosis, treatment alternatives and ways to measure outcome for the common primary headache disorders Examine the most recent evidence for the CGRP modulating agents in the acute and preventive treatment of migraine.
  • Examine the various issues in the chronification of migraine including controversies in the diagnosis of medication overuse headache.
  • Discuss recent advances in understanding the pathophysiology of migraine and cluster headache
  • Describe the avoidance learning model of pain and its relevance to headache disorders.
  • Discuss adverse childhood experiences and post traumatic stress disorder and their link to headache disorders
  • Discuss the role of the endocannabinoid system to migraine pain and treatment. 
  • Describe the role of delta opioid receptors as a therapeutic target for migraine and other headache disorders
  • Discuss clinical characteristics, pathophysiology, neuroimaging, and treatment considerations for post-traumatic headache
  • Describe the role of the cervical nerves in primary headache disorders.


Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 14.00 ANCC
    • 8.00 ANCC Pharmacology
  • 14.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/08/2024 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
03/09/2024 - 5:00pm EST
34th Annual Winter Headache Symposium                                               
Thursday, March 7, 2024     
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm HCNE Cocktail Hour
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Welcome Reception
Friday, March 8, 2024     
7:00am - 8:00 am Breakfast
Morning Session  
8:00 am - 8:15 am  Welcome and Introduction
  Steven Baskin, PhD, Thomas Ward, MD, Dr. Alan Rapoport, MD
Part 1     Moderator - Alan Rapoport, MD
8:15 am - 8:45 amSession 1Dilemmas, Oddities, Paradoxes, Worries: A Thinking
  Person’s Approach to Interesting or Difficult Headaches
  R. Allan Purdy, MD
8:45 am - 9:15 amSession 2Practice Pearls from the Most Recent Medication Data
  Peter McAllister, MD
9:15 am - 9:45 amSession 3Management of Headaches During Pregnancy and Lactation
  Rebecca Burch, MD
9:45 am - 10:00 am  Discussion - Tanya Bilchik, MD
10:00 am - 10:15 am Q&A
10:15 am - 10:30 am  Break
Part 2     Moderator Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD
10:30 am - 11:00 amSession 4Update on Migraine Genetics
  William Renthal, MD, PhD
11:00 am - 11:30 amSession 5Recent Data on Imaging in Migraine
  Katharina Eikermann-Haerter, MD
11:30 am - 11:45 am Discussion - Sait Ashina, MD
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Q&A 
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch & Product Theater
Afternoon Session  
Part 3 Moderator Steven Baskin, PhD
1:15pm - 1:45 pmSession 6Migraine and Autonomic Disorders
  Wade Cooper, DO
1:45 pm - 2:15 pmSession 7Avoidance Learning Across Pain and Psychiatric Disorders
  Todd Smitherman, PhD
2:15 pm - 2:45 pmSession 8Childhood Adverse Experiences, PTSD, and Migraine
  Amy Grinberg, PhD
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Discussion - Mia Minen, MD, MPH
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Q&A 
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break
Part 4 Moderator Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmSession 9Cannabinoids and Migraine
  Stephen Silberstein, MD
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmSession 10Delta Opioid Receptors as a Migraine Therapeutic Target
  Amynah Pradhan, PhD
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Discussion - Huma Sheikh, MD
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Q&A
Part 5 Moderator Christopher Gottschalk, MD
5:00 pm - 5:30 pmSession 11Brain Functions Altered by Peripherally Acting CGRP
  Inhibitors: Lessons Learned from Prodrome and Triggers
  Rami Burstein, PhD
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Discussion - Noah Rosen, MD
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm Q&A
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Introduction Lifetime Achievement Award
  Elizabeth Loder, MD
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm My Life in Headache Medicine
  Paul Rizzoli, MD
7:00 PM Wine and Cheese Reception
Saturday, March 9, 2024     
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:30 am HCNE Annual Meeting
Morning Session  
Part 6     Moderator Brian McGeeney, MD, MPH, MBA
8:30 -  9:00 amSession 12Left vs. Right-Sided Headache in Migraine
  Adam Sprouse-Blum, MD
9:00 am - 9:30 amSession 13Cortical Spreading Depression as a Mechanism of Aura and
  Trigger for Headache: The Debate Continues
  Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD
9:30 am - 9:45 am  Discussion - Sandhya Mehla, MD
9:45 am - 10:00 am Q&A
10:00 am - 10:15 am  Break
Part 7     Moderator Kathleen Mullin, MD
10:15 am - 10:45 amSession 14The Role of Stigma in Migraine
  Richard Lipton, MD
10:45 am - 11:15 amSession 15The Application of Artificial Intelligence to the Practice of
  Headache Medicine
  Morris Levin, MD
11:15 am - 11:45 amSession 16New Daily Persistent Headache
  Matthew Robbins, MD
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Discussion - Alexander Mauskop, MD
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Q&A 
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch & Product Theater
Afternoon Session  
Part 8 Moderator Steven Scrivani, MD
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmSession 17Update in Diagnosis and Treatment of Headache in Children
  Christina Szperka, MD
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmSession 18Migraine and the Cervical Spine
  Mollie Johnston, MD
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Discussion - Jihan Grant, MD
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Q&A
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
Part 9 Moderator Paul Rizzoli, MD
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmSession 19Fellows Forum
Part 10 Moderator Alan Rapoport, MD
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Coddon Fellow
  Sanket Aggarwal, MD
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Introduction Lifetime Achievement Award
  Lawrence Newman, MD
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm My Life in Headache Medicine
  Stephen Silberstein, MD
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me - “The HCNE Version”
  Morris Levin, MD & Participants
7:00 PM Wine and Cheese Reception
Program subject to change without notice 



Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, CT 06901
United States
+1 (203) 357-9555


A block of rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $189/night, single or double, plus applicable taxes. Additional fees may apply for more guests in a room.  The room block will be held until February 15, 2024, or until it is full.  Space is limited and is subject to availability.  You may make reservations online or by calling (203) 357-9555.  Mention you are with the HCNE conference to receive the special conference rate.   

Please use the link below to reserve your room:

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

Parking - $10 per night

CME Program Manager: Naomi Moeller

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and the Headache Cooperative of the Northeast (HCNE). Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact Hours: 14, of which TBD are eligible for pharmacology credit

Available Credit

  • 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 14.00 ANCC
    • 8.00 ANCC Pharmacology
  • 14.00 Participation


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly


Please login or register to take this course.

Non-Members - $299

HCNE Members - $249

HCNE Board/Faculty - Free

HACOP Fellows/Residents/Students - Free

Registration includes a complimentary buffet breakfast and one morning & afternoon coffee/snack break each day.  Attendees are responsible for their own lunch.

Cancellation Policy

Substitution may be made at any time without an additional charge.  Refunds will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the conference.  A $50.00 administrative fee will be charged for all refunds and credits. Should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior to the start of the conference, a credit towards another Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Office conference will be issued, not a refund.  

“No shows” are subject to the full course fee.  Substitutions must be made in writing to cme@bu.edu.  Refunds and credits will not be issued once the conference has started. 

If you need to cancel your registration, please click here

This course is subject to change and/or cancellation.

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Special Services

To request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, please notify the Continuing Medical Education Office, in writing, to cme@bu.edu at least two weeks prior to the start of the conference.

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