Updated 10 April 2017

Dr Elliot Shevel part of leading team at first ever Migraine World Summit

The Migraine World Summit is the first of its kind in the world which gives migraine sufferers direct and free access to the world’s top migraine experts, including Health24's resident expert, Dr Elliot Shevel.

South Africa’s own Dr. Elliot Shevel, who is also Health24's Headache expert, has been invited to be an expert speaker at The Migraine World Summit, a global online event running from 15-20 April 2016.

He will join 30 of modern medicine’s most renowned migraine doctors, researchers, and professors from world leading institutions such as Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Stanford Medical, the Cleveland Clinic and the International Headache Society (of which Dr Shevel chairs it’s local affiliate, The South African Headache Society). 

The summit is the first of its kind in the world which gives migraine sufferers direct and free access to the world’s top migraine experts, an opportunity that would otherwise incur prohibitive consulting fees of thousands of dollars, months of being on doctors’ waiting lists and would require long distance travel.

“Migraines are an under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-funded disorder experienced by a billion people worldwide. That’s why we’re hosting an international summit, to help reduce the global burden of migraine,” says summit host, Australian Carl Cincinnato.  

“Support for migraine patients and their families is currently inadequate, we need better access to resources, doctors, experts and qualified specialists.

With better support, information and treatments, patients can better manage their condition and live a better life,” says Mr Cincinnato who is working with some of the biggest health companies like Johnson & Johnson for this cause. 

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It is estimated 20% of the global population is affected by headache and migraine, a condition which has leaped to the 6th highest cause of disability worldwide from any illness. The estimated annual cost of migraine in the US is over $17 billion, with the direct medical costs to individuals estimated at $1,036 per year.

In the UK there are 190,000 thousand migraine attacks everyday which affects around 8 million people and in South Africa there are an estimated 10 million sufferers. 

Despite the personal and economic toll of migraines, the National Institute of Health and similar governmental bodies around the world have invested surprisingly little into migraine research.

For years, less than 0.1% of the total research budget has gone to migraine research, which makes Dr Shevel’s 23 years of pioneering medical innovation in this field accompanied by over 30 published scientific peer reviewed articles, a global knowledge base from which to accelerate the delivery of permanent drug-free migraine treatment world wide.

Read: The best medication for migraines

The topics Dr Shevel will be addressing are those most frequently left unanswered by most migraine specialists and include: 
• What causes headache and migraine
• Why headaches are misdiagnosed 
• How to accurately diagnose headache and migraine
• Permanent drug-free headache treatment 
• Breakthrough minimally-invasive cluster and migraine surgery

Migraineurs, doctors and specialists and all individuals interested in this topic can watch the summit online from 15 - 20 April for this free by following this link, 

After the free summit is completed, it will become a product available for purchase online with a portion of the proceeds going towards the charities that have partnered with Migraine World Summit.

Dr Shevel is South Africa’s Migraine Surgery Pioneer and the Medical Director and Founder of The Headache Clinic who has published more than thirty scientific studies in national and international medical journals.

Dr Shevel is also the head of the South African Article of The International Headache Society and is a peer reviewer for international and national medical journals and magazines and many more.

The dynamic multi-disciplinary medical team at The Headache Clinic is unique in the world for their accurate and complete diagnose of the underlying causes of headaches.

Through constant research and innovation Dr Shevel and his team are at the forefront of medical breakthroughs in this field, providing non-drug, permanent treatment to restore the quality of life for headache sufferers from all over the world.        

If you have any questions ask Health24 Headache expert, Dr Shevel.

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Source: The Headache Clinic


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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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