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Posted: March 5, 2021

OUCH (UK) is very pleased and proud to announce that their chairman and patron, Professor Peter  Goadsby, is one of four eminent neuroscience researchers who have jointly been awarded the prestigious Lundbeck Foundation annual Brain Prize for their work in the field of neuroscience, with particular regard to the mechanism of migraine, which has led to the development of innovative new treatment for this disabling condition.  The Professor's co-recipients are Professor Dr Lars Edvinson, Professor Michael Moskowitz, and Professor Jes Olesen.

Professor Goadsby is a world authority on the even rarer condition cluster headache and his commitment to reducing the pain of all those who suffer a severe headache condition is a lifelong...

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Posted: March 2, 2021

More volunteers are invited to participate in the Warwick Study of Mental Defeat in Chronic Pain, based at the University of Warwick.  The study is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and is investigating how mental defeat can influence pain sensation, sleep patterns, social activity, physical activity and general health and wellbeing in individuals who have chronic pain.  The researchers are currently looking for volunteers with chronic pain to complete a short online questionnaire.  The questionnaire has three completion time points and participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for each time point that they complete.  To find out more, please click the button below.



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Posted: January 26, 2021


As some of you may know, this month is the 1st Anniversary of the OUCH (UK) YouTube Channel.

To mark this special occasion and for the first time in the history of OUCH (UK), we will be doing a live stream on the channel on Friday 29th Jan 2021 @ 11.00am

We are going to have some very special guests, including the premiere of the pre-recorded podcast with Professor Peter Goadsby who talks about how Covid is affecting Cluster Headaches Sufferers.

Below is a schedule and a link to the channel, so make sure you are subscribed and click the bell...

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Posted: November 10, 2020

This year, the Board of Trustees has chosen Corin Ridout to receive this award. In the past, Corin has raised lots of funds and awareness for us on behalf of his brother Glen, a cluster headache sufferer. These events included the London Marathon, Ride London and Swim Serpentine. Sadly, Glen passed away not long before this year's virtual London Marathon but Corin was determined to carry on in Glen's memory. We felt that this was a wonderful example of going the extra mile that we've always associated with the Mike Pollock award and that he is a very deserving recipient.

Heartfelt thanks to you, Corin, to your family for the continuing support of the charity and to everyone who made such generous donations to this latest event....

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Posted: May 5, 2020

We are terribly saddened to share the news that Vicky Quarshie, Headache Specialist Nurse at Hull Royal Infirmary, passed away on April 23rd 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Vicky was a member of the BASH council, a founder of the UK Headache Specialist Nurses Group and a Trustee of Park Street Performing Arts Centre where she helped many young people to gain confidence and become performers. She was a great champion of OUCH and was chosen for our Les Charlton Award last year. I had the great pleasure to present her with the award in November during a show she arranged at Park Street to raise funds for OUCH.

Even while she was ill, Vicky was planning what she was going to do next for us. She was such a kind and...

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Posted: April 23, 2020

We have just added a new benefit for members of OUCH (UK).  There is now a 10% discount on purchases from our online shop.  Remember to log in when you want to make a purchase, then add items to your basket, go to the checkout and your 10% discount will be applied automatically. If you aren't a member you may join here. Thank you for all your support!

Posted: February 20, 2020

The National Migraine Centre invited OUCH(UK)  to take part in a Podcast on cluster headache.  This is one of a series of podcasts done by NMC covering several different types of headache condition.  The podcast starts with discussion on the particular condition - CH in our case - between health professionals and Charlotte Burr of NMC. 

Then member Val Hobbs is asked about what it is like to experience CH and how the condition can affect everyday life.  You can listen below or go to the NMC website to also hear more podcasts. For the CH one,  scroll through the list of podcasts and CH is in No. 3 of Series 2 .  It might be useful to...

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Posted: February 3, 2020

Saturday 11th July, 2020 at the Liverpool Medical Institution


The Trustees of OUCH (UK) are delighted to announce that we are returning to Liverpool for our 2020 summer conference. This will take place on Saturday 11th July at the Liverpool Medical Institution, 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SR.


  • Professor Peter Goadsby, Professor of Neurology, King's College Hospital, London, patron and chair of OUCH (UK)
  • Dr Anish Bahra,...
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Posted: January 6, 2020

As part of OUCH UK continuing support, we are pleased to announce the Official OUCH UK YouTube channel.

This channel will be available 24/7 with videos on various subjects across the board of Cluster Headaches.

We all appreciate the support you give to this community, and moving forward, we hope this is another avenue that you will support.

Can you please all click on the link below, subscribe to the channel and turn on notifications, and you will be informed every time a new video is uploaded.


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Posted: December 9, 2019

We're very happy to announce that the winner of this year's Mike Pollock award is Toryn Ahmet Tucker. A most deserving winner, well done everyone!

This young man has really got behind the cause. He's not only a fantastic support to his mum, Clare, who is a CH sufferer but he has also produced a brilliant YouTube video which has been shared throughout the Facebook community and beyond, raising a massive amount of awareness for the condition. If you haven't yet seen it, here's the link:


Many congratulations to you, Toryn and thank you. Mike would be delighted for you to receive this award in his name.

Posted: June 19, 2019

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Posted: May 29, 2019

Please note:  No further volunteers are required for this study, owing to the high number of responses received.  Thanks to all who got in touch.  5/6/19

This is a new study looking at first-hand experiences of people living with either chronic or episodic cluster headache in the UK.  Its aim is to get a better understanding of the views of those living with the condition to find out how care and support might be improved in the future.

It will involve a short telephone interview of approximately one hour. To take part, you must be aged between 18 and 65 years old, resident in the UK and be living with either chronic or episodic cluster headache. The study is being conducted by a researcher at the University of...

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