How Can You Stand Up Against Migraine?

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Key Questions
  • How can you get the healthcare you deserve?
  • How can you feel better this year?
  • Can people with migraine change the world?
  • What role is there for advocacy?
  • What is self-advocacy?
  • What about doctors? Are they part of the problem or the solution?
  • What advocacy work is already happening in migraine?
  • What should we advocate for?
  • How important is the language and terminology we use to explain and describe migraine?
  • How can you educate yourself and others about migraine?
  • Where can you get involved or give financial support?
  • Where does advocacy start, and what do you need to begin?
Interview Notes
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Amaal Starling, MD

Neurologist
Mayo Clinic, USA

Dr. Amaal J. Starling is an assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She joined Mayo in 2012 and is currently a consultant within the department of neurology. Dr. Starling received her MD from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a transitional year residency, a neurology residency, and a headache fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Starling is an active member of numerous migraine advocacy organizations, including the American Headache Society (AHS), the American Migraine Foundation, the American Pain Society, and the American Academy of Neurology. Annually, she is involved in events supporting migraine, including Headache on the Hill, Miles for Migraine, and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. Dr. Starling is currently serving as chair of the electronic media committee of the AHS and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Concussion Society. Dr. Starling has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the AHS Above and Beyond Award for Service, Manfred D. Muenter Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Residency Scholarship, the 2012 Spirit of Mayo Clinic Award, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.

Dr. Starling has several peer-reviewed publications and abstracts related to her fields of interest, which include migraine, concussion, post-traumatic headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, secondary headaches, telemedicine and teleconcussion, neurology resident education, and professionalism and clinical ethics. Dr. Starling’s hope is that her research and advocacy will advance care for people with migraine, post-traumatic headache and other headache disorders. She envisions a future in which all people with headache disorders receive personalized, effective, and well-tolerated treatment options to improve their quality of life.

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