The Eurolight Project

(Highlighting the Impact of Headache in Europe)

The Eurolight Project is a collaborative data-collection exercise initiated by the Centre de Recherche Public de la Santé (CRP-Santé) in Luxembourg and supported by the European Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC).

The project brings together 25 partners from 15 countries: two public bodies, clinicians from 11 hospitals and representatives of 12 professional or lay non-governmental organizations. It is directed by a Project Steering Committee and overseen by an External Evaluation Board.

Its first purpose is to estimate, in Europe, the prevalence and impact of headache disorders of public-health importance (migraine, tension-type headache and chronic headache disorders occurring on more days than not). Its second purpose is to use this information to raise awareness, among the general public, health-care professionals, health policy-makers and governments of Europe, of headache as a major cause of public ill-health. Its ultimate aim is to contribute to the improvement of health care for headache and the quality of life of people affected by headache disorders in Europe.

Data collection was undertaken from November 2008 to August 2009. Surveys were conducted by structured questionnaire of population samples from ten countries of Europe representing 60% of the adult population of the European Union: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The results are being published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Project partners

Project Steering Committee

Colette Andrée, CRP-Santé, Luxembourg (chairman and project leader)

Zaza Katsarava, University of Essen, Germany

Miguel Lainez, Fundacion para la Investigacion Biomédica, la Docencia y la Cooperacion Internacional, Valencia, Spain

Christian Lampl, Konventhospital Barmherzige Brüder, Linz, Austria

Michel Lanteri-Minet, CHU-Hôpital Pasteur, Département d'Evaluation et de Traitement de la Douleur, Nice, France

Elena Ruiz de la Torre, Asociacion Española de Pacientes con Cefalea, Valencia, Spain

Timothy Steiner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, and Imperial College London, London, UK

Lars Jacob Stovner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and St Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

Cristina Tassorelli, Centro Italiano di Ricerche Neurologiche Applicate (CIRNA) and Headache Science Centre, National Neurological Research Institute C Mondino Foundation and University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Peter Vriezen, Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoofdpijnpatienten, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

External Evaluation Board

Fabio Antonaci (then President, European Headache Federation)

Hilkka Kettinen (General Secretary, European Headache Alliance)

Peter Sàndor, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

Jean Schoenen, Citadelle Hospital, Liège, Belgium

Associated Partners

Gérard Mick, Réseau Voironnais de la Douleur

Daiva Rastenyte, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania

Anne MacGregor, The City of London Migraine Clinic, London, UK

Asociacion Española de Pacientes con Cefalea (Spain)

Migraine Action (UK)

Migraine Association of Ireland (Ireland)

Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoofdpijnpatienten (The Netherlands)

European Headache Alliance

European Headache Federation

Lifting The Burden: the Global Campaign against Headache

Collaborating Partners

Judit Afra, National Institute of Neurosurgery, Budapest, Hungary

Marta Allena, National Neurological Research Institute C Mondino Foundation, Pavia, Italy

Bruno Carugno, Azienda Sanitaria Locale of Pavia, Italy

Jean-Marie Gérard, Ligue Belge Contre les Cephalées, Nimy, Belgium

Heidy Hauser, Migraine Action Switzerland, Bottmingen, Switzerland

Carlo Lucchina, Regione Lombardia - Sanità, Italy

Giuseppe Nappi, National Neurological Research Institute C Mondino Foundation, Pavia, Italy

Konventhospital Barmherzige Brüder, Linz, Austria

Neurology Group of the Spanish Society of Occupational Practitioners (AEMMT)

Austrian Neurological Society (ÖGN)

Finnish Migraine Association



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