In addition to the silent auction and entertainment interludes, several notable individuals received esteemed honors as NHF announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award, Partners in Excellence Award and the first-ever recipient of the Dr. Seymour Diamond Advocacy Award.  Also, NHF launched its first annual Headache Heroes awards program highlighting four individuals making an impact in headache disorders ranging from healthcare providers to patients and caregivers to advocates.

National Headache Foundation – Award Recipients
The NHF recognized the following individuals for their outstanding efforts tied to headache and migraine disease:

Lifetime Achievement AwardCen Xu, Ph.D., of Amgen Inc., an American multinational biopharmaceutical company, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking research in migraine, a disease that affects nearly one in five women. Xu co-invented the very first FDA-approved migraine prevention treatment that blocks the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptors, which are believed to play a crucial role in migraine.

Partners in Excellence AwardMark Glackin, senior vice president at Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, was selected for the Partners in Excellence Award for his leadership, dedication and attention to the widespread problem of headache disorders. Glackin continually strives to lead innovation and find new ways to increase awareness, education and treatment for migraine disease. 

Dr. Seymour Diamond Advocacy Award – The NHF Executive Director Mary Franklin received the first-ever Dr. Seymour Diamond Advocacy Award. Having joined the staff of the Diamond Headache Clinic in 1970, Franklin has been a leading advocate for those with headache and migraine disease for more than 50 years with her accomplishments ranging from Managing Editor of the magazine, Head Wise to authoring or co-authoring several articles and books on the topic. Franklin continues to exemplify everything the renowned headache expert and founder of the nation’s first private headache clinic, Seymour Diamond, M.D., stood for and supported.   

Headache Heroes
In celebration of NHF’s 50th anniversary, the first-ever Headache Heroes Award Recipients were recognized for making a difference in migraine and headache awareness, research, medicine, advocacy and patient care.

Healthcare Provider HonoreeSteven Herzog, MD, Medical Director of the Headache Institute at Texas Neurology is a healthcare provider who has made an impact with his dedication to the field, always going above and beyond to serve those with migraine and headache disease.

Patient HonoreeDanielle Fancher began experiencing constant migraine pain as a teenager and has lived with the disease for the past 12 years. Not one to let the disease control her dreams, she frequently speaks at events, published a memoir ’10: A Memoir of Migraine Survival’ and has a successful career in marketing in New York City.

Caregiver HonoreeDennis Rotondi, husband and father, has helped care for his wife since 2007 while also juggling a fulltime job and caring for their child. His wife can experience 15 debilitating migraine attacks in a month, and his experience has led him to become an advocate for migraine and headache disease including attending Headache on the Hill, volunteering and presenting at RetreatMigraine and working on the Global Healthy Living Foundation caregiver resource guide.

Advocate Honoree  – Eileen Brewer, a pillar of the migraine community, has dedicated countless hours to the success of RetreatMigraine, a conference led by and focused on people living with migraine disease, and is credited for working tirelessly through her own migraine disease to better the lives of those around her. Additionally, Brewer is the president of ClusterBusters, which supports research for better treatments and a cure while advocating to improve the lives of those struggling with cluster headaches.

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Founded in 1970, the National Headache Foundation is the oldest and largest foundation for individuals living with migraine disease and headache disorders. The NHF is the premier educational and informational resource for those in the headache community, health care professionals, and the public. The four pillars of the NHF are education, awareness, advocacy, and research. We are informing policymakers, at the national and state levels, and the general public of the need to help patients receive access to safe and appropriate care. We are reaching out to employers throughout the US to provide education for their staff and support in their efforts to minimize the cost and impact of chronic headaches. We also work to educate and encourage the 40 million Americans with migraine and chronic headaches to become self-advocates with their healthcare practitioners, insurers, employers, and families.

SOURCE The National Headache Foundation