Messoud Ashina

Danish Headache Center

The Danish Headache Center was founded in 2001
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Messoud Ashina is Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Professor Ashina received his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Azerbaijan Medical University. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Copenhagen. Dr. Ashina received his PhD and DMSc degrees at the University of Copenhagen.

He is Director of the Human Migraine Research Unit at the Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet Glostrup.

Professor Ashina has been actively involved in headache research since 1995. His research interests include experimental migraine and cluster headache models, neuroimaging, novel antimigraine drug targets, mechanism of migraine and action of antimigraine medications. He has authored over 400 papers, abstracts and book chapters on the topic of headache, including migraine and cluster headache.

 Messoud Ashina serves as associate editor of Cephalalgia, associate editor of Headache and associate editor of The Journal of Headache and Pain. Professor Ashina is President of the International Headache Society.


Scientific journals: Associate Editor of Cephalalgia, Associate Editor of Journal of Headache and Pain, Associate Editor of Headache.
Organizations: Fellow of European Academy of Neurology (FEAN) member of the European Academy of Neurology Scientific Panel on Headache
Consulting: Allergan, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Lundbeck, Novartis, and Teva
Principal investigator (ongoing): Eli Lilly, Novartis
Research grants: Lundbeck Foundation, Novartis, Novo Nordisk Foundation


Promotor (faculty supervisor) of current 5 PhD research programs & mentor of 2 post doc (DMSc) programs
Promotor (faculty supervisor) of 3 submitted PhD research programs
Medical students (pregraduate research-year students): 14
Promotor (faculty supervisor) of completed 14 PhD & mentor of 2 post doc (DMSc) programs

Professional societies

International Headache Society (President, 2019-)
European Headache Federation (General Secretary, 2017-2019)
Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology (FEAN)
Danish Headache Society (past President)
International Headache Society (past Trustee)
Danish Neurological Society (member)
International Association for the Study of Pain (member)

Current journal affiliations

Associate Editor of Cephalalgia
Associate Editor of Headache
Associate Editor of the Journal of Headache and Pain
Topic editor Current Opinion in Neurology (2007; 2012 & 2017): Headache section
Topic editor The Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (2019): Neurovascular headaches
Topic editor The Journal of Headache and Pain (2018): Pituitary adenylate-cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP):
another novel target for treatment of primary headaches?

Reviewer of N Engl J Med; Lancet Neurology; PNAS; Brain; Ann Neurology; Neurology; NeuroImage; Human Brain
Mapping; Pain; PLOS One; Eur J Neurology; Headache; Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.