Linda Porter, Ph.D & Andrew D. Hershey, M.D., Ph.D: September 27, 2019

Scientific Experts Discuss New Pediatric Migraine App

September is National Pain Awareness Month

Linda Porter, Ph.D

Director, Office of Pain Policy at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health


Andrew D. Hershey, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, FAHS

Endowed Chair and Director of Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Migraine Trainer™ is a free smartphone app designed by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to help patients ages 13 and older take control of their migraines, alongside their parents and healthcare providers. Migraines are one of the most common disorders in childhood – approximately ten percent of kids ages 5-15 experience migraines. However, there are limited resources available to help children manage their condition.

Migraine Trainer™ was designed based on NIH-funded research that found cognitive behavioral techniques, such as reducing stress and getting enough sleep, can help children better manage their migraines.


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More About Dr. Linda Porter:

Dr. Porter directs the NINDS Office of Pain Policy and has been recognized for her work by the President’s Award from the American Academy of Pain Management, NIH Director’s Awards, and the Emma and John Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society. Dr. Porter was instrumental in developing the National Pain Strategy, which calls for education for patients and physicians and improved access to quality pain care. It was developed to change the culture of pain awareness and management through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to pain care, which will reduce our reliance on opioid prescribing.

More About Dr. Andrew Hershey:

Dr. Hershey is the endowed chair and director of neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, director of the Headache Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Dr. Hershey’s research interests currently include the improved diagnosis and treatment of childhood and adolescent headache disorders, characterization of outcome responses, studies in new pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment regimes, and the neurogenetics of migraine. In addition to his research work, he directs one of the leading child neurology divisions in the country

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