By Maria Teresa Ferretti, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, WBP

The fourth Panel of the International Forum on Women’s Brain and Mental Health, sponsored by Eli Lilly, focuses on Migraine, a serious neurological diseases affecting overwhelmingly women, which is often misdiagnosed and undertreated.

Taking Migraine as a specific example, we will explore how Policy changes can be implemented to support patients.

To this end, the Panel will first examine what kinds of specific needs patients face during their patient journey, especially in the workplace. Common questions asked by patients are:

A goal of the panel discussion will be to propose policy changes that could support migrainers. Challenges in implementation and of course the issue of incorporating sex and gender differences into such policies will be thoroughly discussed by stakeholders hailing from academia, medical practice, policy making and employers.


Panelists and their focus will include:

Prof. Cristina Tassorelli: University of Pavia, Italy – The multi-dimensional impact of Migraine in women throughout their journey

Frederic Destrebeque: European Brain Council, Belgium – The Patient pathway from a Policy perspective – key nodes and where we need to act 

Elena Ruiz De La Torre: EMHA, Spain – Migraine at work survey results: the voice of the patient

David Roomes: Rolls Royce, UK – Migraine in the workplace: where we can act as employers



The moderator of the Panel will be Dr. Patricia Pozo Rosich, from the Headache and Craniofacial Pain Clinical Unit at the University Hospital Vall d’Herbon in Barcelona, Spain.


To find out more about this panel as it continues to take shape, or to participate in the conversation, follow us on social media under @womensbrainpro or register now for the International Forum on Women’s Brain and Mental Health if you have not yet done so! The Forum will offer registered participants pre-recorded talks and keynotes in addition to virtual interactive discussions by experts taking place on September 19-20, 2020.

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