About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Dec 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

Migraines are common and more complex than commonly assumed - affecting up to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men - additionally day to day life interactions and life stage can make them difficult to manage. In this webinar patient impact aspects such as cognition, fatigue, and sleep will be explored, and treatments at different stages of women's lives discussed.

Whilst much is well controlled with migraines it remains a cause of much poor health, lost productivity and medical resource use, much of this could be ameliorated. Neurologists see patients with unusual forms of this common disorder and also find that women - especially if pregnant or peri-menopausal may be undertreated through caution. This talk aims to discuss these finer points of migraine.

Webinar topics include:

  • Non-pain aspects of migraine impacting on patients cognition and ability to function in daily life and wellbeing
  • How sleep interacts with headache and vice versa
  • How to manage medications in women at different life stages, including during pregnancy and in the peri- and post-menopause.

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Key speakers

Dr Nazia Karsan

Neurology SpR, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Headache Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow, King’s College London, UK

Dr Karsan will be talking about the non-pain aspects of migraine.

Speaker's biography

Nazia is a final year Neurology SpR in London and Surrey and also works as a Headache Clinical Research Fellow at King’s College London in the Headache Group, under Professor Peter Goadsby.


Her research and clinical interests lie in the primary headache disorders, in particular, the non-painful parts of the migraine attack and increasing understanding of these through experimental research and functional neuroimaging. Her PhD research was funded by an Association of British Neurologists and Guarantors of Brain Clinical Research Training Fellowship and examined the premonitory phase of migraine, in particular, using pharmacological provocation and functional MR methods. She has published in this area, as well as in other areas related to the neurobiology of headache in general. She is currently supported by a short-term project award from the Migraine Trust and continues to pursue clinical research in these areas of interest. She has previously been awarded the AAN Headache Abstract of Distinction 2018 and the AHS Early Career Lecture Award 2020.

Alex Nesbitt

Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Department at St Thomas' Hospital, UK

Alex will be talking about sleep and headaches.

Dr Shazia Afridi

Consultant Neurologist Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, UK.

Dr Afridi will be talking about caring for migraines in women - the impact of contraception, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.

Speaker's biography

Dr Afridi trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. Following her medical training in London she completed her PhD in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square looking at functional imaging in migraine. She then went on to complete her higher training in London.


Dr Afridi has been a consultant neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals since 2013 where she established the headache service in the neurology department and also works in the nationally commissioned Neurofibromatosis centre. She is an honorary senior lecturer at King’s College, London.


She has been on the council for BASH (British Association for the Study of Headache) and is a trustee for the Migraine Trust. She is also on the scientific committee for the Migraine Trust International Symposium.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The non-painful aspects of migraine

Nazia Karsan, Neurology specialist registrar, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Headache Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow, King’s College London

Sleep and headache

Alex Nesbitt, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Department, St Thomas' Hospital, London

Caring for migraine in women - the impact of contraception, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause

Shazia Afridi, Consultant Neurologist, Neurology Department , Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, NHS Trust

Closing remarks

Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Close of meeting



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