How Stigma Worsens Migraine Burden

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Key Questions
  • What is stigma?
  • How does the lack of migraine biomarkers impact stigma?
  • What are pain behaviors and how can they lead to stigma in an ER setting?
  • How can stigma occur within the migraine community itself?
  • How can stigma be felt within the workplace?
  • What are some workplace accommodations for those with migraine?
  • How can migraine stigma occur among our loved ones?
  • How important is self-advocacy in fighting stigma?
  • What is the Overcome Study and what were its findings?
Interview Notes

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Robert Shapiro, MD, MA, PhD

Professor of Neurological Sciences
University of Vermont

Dr. Shapiro is a practicing neurologist and professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont. Dr. Shapiro holds an MA (philosophy/psychology) from the University of Oxford, a PhD (anatomy) from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MD from Columbia University. He completed his residency training in neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

His research studies were recognized by the American Headache Society (AHS) with the Harold G. Wolff Lecture Award. His publications have appeared in Nature, Science, Headache, Science Translational Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

He is the founding president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. His national advocacy efforts have been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology with their Palatucci Advocate of the Year and Viste Patient Advocate of the Year awards, and by the AHS with their Above & Beyond and Distinguished Service awards. He is the past president of the Headache Cooperative of New England and winner of their Lifetime Achievement (“The Megrim”) Award. He also serves on the steering committee of Migraine at Work.

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