Morgantown Education Day 2020
April 4, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This is a Virtual Event.
Registration is free but required
- Dave Watson, MD - Treatment Update - Current & Pipeline
- Anikah Salim - Patient Perspective
Keynotes, presenters and breakout sessions
Dr. David Watson
Dr. David Watson is Chair of the WVU Department of Neurology and Director of the WVU Headache Center. His clinical work focuses on patients with headache disorders, and in access to clinical care for under-served populations. He has been active in clinical research focused on new treatment options for headache patients. In addition, Dr. Watson is involved with resident and student education at all levels.
He is very active in patient and professional advocacy, having founded Runnin' for Research, Inc., a charity which raises funds for headache and migraine research, and attending numerous lobbying days in Washington D.C.
He currently is a member of the AMA Opioid Task Force, has served as the Chair of the AAN Grassroots Working Group, currently chairs the American Academy of Neurology Advocacy Engagement Subcommittee and is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Neurology.
He was awarded the Palatucci Advocate of the Year award in 2017 by the American Academy of the Neurology, and the American Headache Society Above and Beyond Award in 2018.
Anikah has had migraine since childhood but was diagnosed with chronic migraine with aura in 2015 after experiencing a severe migraine for nearly a year. She was just starting her PhD in epidemiology when her migraine attacks became daily episodes. Trying to manage her condition amidst full-time work and school, Anikah felt alone and as if no one understood the gravity of what she was suffering through. Learning more about her condition and connecting with others in the migraine community, Anikah felt the strong urge to join the movement and advocate for herself and others.
She joined her first Miles for Migraine Walk/Run in the fall of 2018 and increased her involvement in the Migraine Patient Education Days and RetreatMigraine as well as other events. In 2019, she trained with the US Pain Foundation to become a support group leader. Personally understanding the challenges associated with traveling for in-person meetings, in January 2020 Anikah worked with Miles for Migraine to host and lead the first ever weekly Miles for Migraine national virtual support group. There are over 85 registered participants and it continues to grow daily. Anikah continues to share her journey and experience in an effort to increase migraine awareness and provide support to those suffering from migraine and their families. Whether it is migraine or another chronic condition, she wants everyone to know, "You are not alone."