Science Café “Headache”. Concerns about migraines

In a world where stress, screen time and hectic lifestyles have become the norm, headaches affect one in six people in Belgium. There are several types of headaches, such as tension headaches and migraines, which have a significant impact on the quality of life of millions of people around the world. In this Science Café, we let two researchers speak, using their expertise to delve deeper into headache disorders.

Some questions that may arise in addition to your questions

  • What are the most common causes of headaches?
  • What types of headaches are there and how are they treated?
  • What are the symptoms of migraines and how can they be prevented?
  • Does it help to make lifestyle changes to prevent headaches? What should I focus on mainly?
  • What are the latest medical and technological developments in treating headaches?
  • How can technology support doctors in understanding and treating headaches?
  • What can wearables and apps do for people with headache disorders?
  • How do AI models help find more effective treatments?


Sophie Van Hockey

Professor Sophie van Hooke is affiliated with Ghent University. She specializes in semantic intelligence at IDLab. Her research focuses on integrating machine learning and semantic technologies applied in healthcare. After her studies in computer science, she obtained a PhD in computer science on the subject of effective service management in healthcare. After working as a postdoctoral research engineer, she became a lecturer and ICT research coordinator at the West Flanders University of Applied Sciences.

Nicola Vandenbosch

doctor. Nicholas Vandenbosch is a neurologist at the Department of Neurology at Ghent University Hospital. His academic clinical specialty is in the field of primary and secondary headache disorders. After specializing in neurology, he went to King’s College London for 15 months in 2017 to do a fellowship in headache disorders under the supervision of Prof. Peter Goadsby. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Vandenbussche New digital and technological solutions for the diagnosis and monitoring of headache disorders.


Kim Verhaeghe

Kim Verhaeghe is editor and news coordinator at Eos Science.

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