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IHC 2023 | Diversity in migraine research and patient care

Irene de Boer, MD, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, emphasizes the paramount importance of embracing diversity in the field of headache research and care. Dr de Boer highlights two aspects: the diversity of researchers and specialists involved in headache care and the diverse demographics of the patient population. While the discussion at the meeting primarily centered on the researchers, it’s acknowledged that paying attention to patient diversity is equally crucial. There has been a notable shift towards including both male and female mice in research, given the female predominance in migraine prevalence. Despite the challenges posed by factors like menstrual cycles, their inclusion is essential for comprehensive insights. The call for diversity extends beyond migraine research, underscoring its significance in all medical fields and broader employment areas. This interview took place at the International Headache Congress (IHC) 2023 in Seoul, Korea.

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