NEW YORK, March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Migraine World Summit, the largest event of its kind founded by patients for patients, is kicking-off its annual 8-day virtual summit with a first-ever live simulcast event. Presented by World Health Education Foundation, Migraine World Summit Live will be held at UCLA on March 19, 2019 from 4:00-8:00pm in front of a live audience of over 500 people with migraine, where former NFL player Terrell Davis will reveal how he survived a demanding life with migraine while thriving in his career. Davis will be joined by world-leading migraine experts from UCLA, University of Vermont and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
"Migraine is a monster, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. People go to work every day and survive this debilitating condition, demonstrating their silent strength and grit." said Terrell Davis. "I spent my life working towards my first Super Bowl and it was the highlight of my career, yet I endured a migraine attack with 90 million people watching. I want to open a dialogue about just how devastating this disease is and inspire people who are living through it every day. Through the Migraine World Summit, we are raising a curtain on this condition, ending the stigma, and empowering people to find answers about migraine," Davis added.
Migraine is underrecognized and undertreated, yet worldwide, there are over one billion people fighting this disease. One in 16 men have migraine, according to The Migraine Research Foundation. It is the leading cause of disability and the least publicly funded among all neurological diseases in relation to its economic impact1,2. Worldwide, just four hours are committed to headache disorders in formal undergraduate medical training, and 10 hours in specialist training3, which results in most patients seeing doctors who lack the expertise to treat it effectively.
The 2019 Summit will include 32 experts from leading hospitals, universities, headache clinics and institutions from all over the world. The topics will span new treatments, patient case studies, alternative therapies, testing, and lifestyle tips among others.
To get complimentary tickets to Migraine World Summit Live at UCLA on March 19, go to http://bit.ly/MWSLive. To register for the virtual Migraine World Summit, go to http://bit.ly/MWS-PR. Registration is free but required for both events.
Following the live event, the virtual Migraine World Summit will take place online from March 20-28. It will be free during that week, and available to order thereafter. Proceeds from the Summit help benefit migraine research and awareness through organizations like American Migraine Foundation, Headache Australia and National Headache Foundation.
About Terrell Davis
Terrell Davis is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. He led the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories, was a two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was a league MVP, and a Super Bowl MVP. In 2017, Davis became the 5th Denver Bronco to be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his tremendous impact that he had not just on his team, but on the league as a whole. Davis now works as a commentator for NFL Network and travels the country as a corporate keynote speaker.
About Migraine World Summit
Founded in 2016, Migraine World Summit's mission is to reduce the global burden of migraine through education and fundraising. Producers and hosts Carl Cincinnato and Paula K. Dumas are Chronic Migraine warriors themselves. Each year, they interview dozens of leading migraine experts, doctors and specialists to help answer the most difficult questions for people with migraine in desperate need of relief. One billion people live with migraine globally1. It is more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined4, yet less than half of those with migraine consult a physician for it5. By giving unprecedented access to the world's migraine experts, the Summit offers people with migraine trustworthy insights to discuss with their health care provider.
The inaugural Migraine World Summit Live event was started in 2019 to spark a national conversation about migraine, empowering patients to share their struggle with the disease. Migraine World Summit Live is a production of World Health Education Foundation and has been made possible by the generosity of its sponsors: Amgen, Novartis, Teva, Allergan and Lilly. Admission to the event is free with registration, and will be simulcast worldwide on March 19, 2019.
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