Professor Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, PhD, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Antoinette Maassen van den Brink is Professor of Neurovascular Pharmacology at the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
She studies the neurovascular aspects of migraine, with a special interest in the role of female sex hormones on its pathophysiology. Her research is translational in origin, including animal in vivo experimental models, human isolated tissue models, as well as human in vivo clinical models.
Prof. Maassen van den Brink is Associate Editor of the Journal of Headache and Pain, and previously edited a Special Collection on ‘Basic Science in Headache’ for the Journal of Headache and Pain. Further, she edited two books in the Springer Headache Series. From December 2023 onwards, she will be president of the European Headache Federation. Further, she is board member of the Dutch Headache Society and founding board member of the Dutch Society for Gender and Health. She received many prestigious awards and research grants, including the VENI, VIDI and VICI grants from the Dutch Research Council.
Bianca Raffaelli, PhD, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Germany
Dr. Bianca Raffaelli is a neurologist and a clinician scientist affiliated with the Department of Neurology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Dr. Raffaelli’s professional journey into headache medicine commenced during her medical studies when she began to work as a student assistant at the Headache Center under the mentorship of Prof. Uwe Reuter. Following the completion of her medical degree, she undertook a residency program at Charité's Department of Neurology, achieving German board certification in June 2023, while continuing her research endeavors at the Headache Center.
In 2023, she received a research grant from the German Research Foundation, enabling her to join the Human Migraine Research Unit at the Danish Headache Center, led by Prof. Messoud Ashina, to advance her knowledge and methodological skills in migraine research.
Her current research focal point revolves around the investigation of sex-dependent aspects of migraine, with a specific emphasis on the role of sex hormones in migraine attack initiation. Dr. Raffaelli serves as a Junior Editor for The Journal of Headache and Pain. She is a member of the Juniors Group and of the Science and Research Committee of the International Headache Society.