13th European Headache Congress

Migraine does not take lives but days from your life. Take them back!

Dr. Matilde Leonardi


Dr. Matilde Leonardi

Day of Lecture

June 1st 14:00 - 15:30

Societal Impact of Migraine

Burden & Barriers


Neurologist, paediatrician, neonatologist, child neurologist. Specialized in Bioethics. As Director of Unit at National Neurological Institute Besta is developing and carrying out research projects related to neurology, chronic diseases and employment, disability, ageing, public health, ICF (WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) and WHO-DAS 2.0,  neurorehabilitation and burden of neurological disorders. Her activity in the field of disorders of consciousness allow to have between the worldwide largest epidemiological database on this type of patients. She is a WHO expert on disability and ageing, co-chair of the WHO-FIC (Family of International Classifications) Functioning and Disability Reference Group- FDRG and Director of the Italian WHO Collaborating Centre Research Branch. Since 1995, she has been working with the WHO on ICF development and implementation and has been co-chair of the WHO ICF children’s group for ICF-CY children’s version development. Co-ordinator and partner of several, EU- and non EU-funded research projects. Since 2001 and she has been coordinator of EU Projects in FP6, FP7, Horizon2020: MHADIE, MURINET, COURAGE in EUROPE, PATHWAYS and partner in PARADISE, MARATONE  ATHLOS, CHRODIS Plus. Dr. Leonardi is consultant on public health, UNCRPD monitoring and disability policy development for several European and extra European Governments. Expert for the European Commission on public health, ageing, disability and neurosciences. Professor on annual contracts of Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Disability and member since 2007 of the Board of Directors of the Bioethics Centre at the Catholic University of Milan. In 2014 passed the national evaluation as Associate Professor of Neurology and in 2015 as Associate as well as Full Professor of Rehabilitation. From 2010 to 2013 appointed by the Italian Government as President of the Scientific Committee of the National Observatory on Disability, monitoring UNCRPD. In November 2011 appointed as corresponding member of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vita. European Brain Council Founder, EBC-WHO liaison. Member of several national and international scientific societies as EFRR, WFNR, EAN. Author of more than 250 scientific publications.