HeadWise HeadWise: Volume 4, Issue 4 - Page 3

In 2005, the National Headache Foundation established the special lectureship, the Seymour Diamond, M.D. Lectureship Award, which recognizes the most significant paper in headache published during the past year. I was gratified that the Foundation named this award in my honor. Previous honorées have hailed from several countries including Chile, Denmark, Germany, Iran, and The Netherlands, as well as the United States. Prestigious institutions, such as Harvard University and Columbia University, have been well-represented. And these lectures have highlighted the outstanding research on headache being undertaken throughout the world. This issue’s featured article, “Migraine, Epilepsy and Genetics,” based on the lecture by Melodie Winawer, MD, MS, is an excellent example of current research. The question of a relationship between epilepsy and headache has been debated for many years. Studies at the Cleveland Clinic by A. David Rothner, MD, have disputed any relationship whatsoever, and numerous other studies have been equivocal. The genetic study described by Dr. Winawer implies that there is a genetic connection between these two disorders. The importance of the results of the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP) will have to be sorted out by further epidemiological investigations as well as genetic studies regarding this connection. If these results are further proven, we foresee – in the far future – a geneticbased therapy for migraine. Seymour Diamond, M.D. Chicago, Illinois www.headaches.org | National Headache Foundation 3