For Health Professionals
With A Special Interest In Supporting People Living With Primary Headache:
Manual Therapists (Physiotherapists, Chiropractors & Osteopaths),
General Practitioners, Neurologists, Physicians and Researchers.
After the success of our 2016 Inaugural Headache Symposium & 2017 Headache Symposium (Sydney Australia), as well as 2018 Inaugural International Headache Symposium (Milan Italy), we invite you to join us as we embrace contemporary research and the role of cervical afferents, in Rome, Italy 2020, 'Turning Primary Headache Upside Down'.
Symposium Official Language is English.
Scientific Program by Watson Headache® Institute and Organised by ManualMente
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Priority Registration opening 1st October 2019
Watson Headache® Institute
- Watson Headache® Institute, an international educational body based in Adelaide, South Australia. Through this organisation, Dr Dean Watson (PhD), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist has been educating the pubic and health professionals for 25 years. On this occasion, the Institute is promoting the 2nd Watson Headache® Institute International Headache Symposium, 'Turning Headache Upside Down' in Rome Italy May 2020. This has included Dean bringing together the Scientific Program along with Platform and Workshop presenters.
- Watson Headache®Institute educating the public and health professionals in the causative role of upper cervical disorders in headache and migraine. This is not just about ‘cervicogenic headache’ but the importance of the upper cervical afferents in primary headache.
- Watson Headache®Institute advocating that a skilled and specific manual therapy approach (Watson Headache® Approach) to examination of the upper cervical spine becomes routine when investigating primary headache conditions.
- ManualMENTE, after more than 10 years of experience in the organization of residential training courses for physiotherapists in manual therapy and neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation, Simone Scaglioni, physiotherapist and teacher in manual therapy, has created this new organization and is expanding with the help of a committed team. All this with the conviction that the best possible investment for a real success in serving their patients is valuable training. Wanting to continue in the direction of contributing to the improvement of the profession, offering colleagues the best training experiences from the international scene. With exceptional experience and a base in Italy (whilst reaching out internationally), the ManualMENTE team are a perfect choice to organise the Symposium.
- ManualMENTE has offered advanced training courses in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy for years, proposing the best from international research.
- ManualMENTE courses are not simple events, but real experiences giving emotions to leave in a family environment. Always with the utmost professionalism.
Welcome: On behalf of the Watson Headache® Institute and ManualMente
I am delighted to invite you to ‘Turning Primary Headache Upside Down’ 2020, the 2nd International Symposium of the Watson Headache® Institute. Watson Headache®Institute International Symposium 2020 (WHIIS 2020) will take place 29 and 30 May 2020, in Rome, Italy.
The title of our symposium is once again ‘Turning Primary Headache Upside Down’ because this encapsulates what the Institute is about – advocating not only for Cervicogenic Headache but also for the role of cervical afferents in Primary Headache conditions. Unfortunately, there is an assumption that Primary Headache is driven by ‘top – down’ (supraspinal) influences. This may be considered a very bold statement by some, but clinical experience and emerging literature supports cervical afferent involvement in Primary Headache. But clearly, to change orthodox medical perspectives, more is needed.
In 2017, I was privileged to present at a meeting of the Lombardia Chapter of the Italian Association of Physiotherapy, in Milan. At the meeting a neurologist was asked ‘what would it take to change the neurological perspective of cervical involvement in primary headache?’; the answer… ‘high quality research’ – agreed! But what constitutes high quality research? And what type of research? Furthermore, many of us are primarily clinicians and facilities (not to mention funding) for quality research are not available. Our Scientific Program will therefore include addressing 'what is quality reasearch'.
Another issue that we plan to address in Rome (#WHIIS2020ROME) is that of post-concussion syndrome. The materialisation of literature and research demonstrating significant cervical involvement in post- concussion syndrome is exciting. However, recently and perhaps controversially, recently there have been calls to rename concussion a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’. If this were to happen what does this mean for the role cervical afferents in post-concussion syndrome? Probably decreased recognition and acceptance for their role.
In Rome, I have assembled international authorities to provide contemporary research and their perspectives on these vexing issues. Furthermore, we will present delegates with other presentations and break-out sessions aimed at improving clinical skills with contemporary research in basic and clinical science.
Rome is a place known to give a warm welcome to all visitors. If you haven’t been to Rome before, you will discover why it is the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in Europe and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. The Vatican Museums are among the world's most visited museums while the Colosseum is amongst the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
Please join us in Rome and participate in the excitement. I invite you to contribute, share your experiences and learn more about the pivotal role of cervical afferents, not just in headache, but in other conditions.
Welcome WHIIS 2020 Rome (#WHIIS2020Rome)
Dr Dean Watson PhD, Scientific Convenor 2nd Watson Headache® Institute International Symposium,
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Founder Watson Headache® Institute & Watson Headache® Approach,
Adelaide South Australia
2020 Provisional Symposium Scientific Program
Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May 2020
‘Turning Primary Headache Upside Down’
The Scientific Program 2020 is underpinned by themes of personalised medicine, clinical reasoning, research & case studies, placebo & differentiation when supporting those living with primary headache, in particular concussion & tmj.
Reminder: Symposium Official Language is English
During the plenary sessions, there will be simultaneous translation.
During the parallel workshop, there will be consecutive/simultaneous translation.
Pre & Post-Symposium Courses will be presented in English.
**Please Note: Our Scientific Program may be subject to change without prior notice.
Invited Platform Presenters
Friday 29th May 2020
Symposium Registration Opens 8.00 - 8.45
Presentations 8.45 - 13.00
8.45 Dr Dean H Watson - Opening Address
8.5o Dr Simone Scaglioni - Tribute to Sara Anzanello An Inspiration
9.05 Key Speaker TBA - ‘What Inspires Behavioural Change in Personalised Medicine?’
9.50 Mr Mark Jones - ‘Clinical Reasoning’
10.45 Morning Break
11.15 Speaker TBA - 'Mild Brain Syndrome'
12.00 Dr Dean H Watson - ‘Are Cervical Afferents Involved in Post-Concussion Syndrome?
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
Breakout Sessions 14.00 - 17.45
Breakout Session 1
14.00 - 15.30 Dr Dean Watson & Mr Mark Jones
Clinical Case Presentation: Examination of a Patient followed by clinical reasoning commentary
15.30 Afternoon Break
Breakout Session 2a & 2b
16.00 - 17.45 Breakout Session 2a
Cranio Vertebral Stability Testing
Breakout Session 2b
Cranio Vertebral Stability Practical
18.30 – 19.30 Conversations
20.30 Symposium Dinner
Saturday 30th May 2020
Symposium Doors Open at 8.30a.m.
Presentations 9.00 – 17.00
9.00 Prof Dr Fabrizio Benedetti - ‘Placebo and Nocebo: The Enemy Disguised as a Friend?’
9.45 Presenters TBA - Case Studies
10.45 Morning Refreshment
11.15 Dr Gianluca Coppola - 'What is Credible Research?'
12.00 Dr Julie Walters - ‘Published Case Studies; Useful or Not?’
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch (Sponsor Displays
14.00 Mr Fernando Ruiz - ‘Temporomandibular or Cervical? The Dilemma.’
14.45 Dr Cherubino Di Lorenzo - 'When Would A Neuroligist Refer to a Manual Therapist?'
15.30 Afternoon Refreshment
16.00 Panel Discussion -
Mr Mark Jones
Dr Dean H Watson
Prof Dr Fabrizio Benedetti
Prof Dr Gianluca Coppola
Dr Julie Walters,
Mr Fernando Ruiz
Dr Cherubino Di Lorenzo
& Speakers TBC
16.45 Dr Dean H Watson - Closing Address