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Launch of the oxford headache centre
Zameel Cader, Director of the Oxford Headache Centre – Photo from Oxford Mail

Headaches are costly and debilitating conditions. Approximately 90% of people will be afflicted by headache and the cost to the UK economy is estimated at £5 billion a year. The Oxford Headache Centre, brought together by Dr Zameel Cader (NDCN) will establish an international centre of research excellence in headaches. Several research groups are already engaged in the frontier research and the Centre aims to bring together clinicians and basic scientists to encourage the translation of such research into patient benefit. The Centre will also provide teaching opportunities for young doctors in training and for general practitioners through lectures, seminars and clinic sit-ins. The aim is to develop and provide the best standards of care to patients suffering from these under-researched and under-funded conditions. The launch day, supported by Allergan Inc, on the 12th September was extremely successful and featured 11 highly accessible talks aimed at researchers, clinicians, nurses and patient groups. These spanned the whole range of subjects covered by the centre from basic research to novel innovative treatments and clinical management. Professor Jes Olesen, a world renowned expert on migraine, from the Danish Headache Centre gave an inspiring keynote address.