Professor Anne MacGregor



Following my medical degree (MB BS) from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London I began training in headache medicine. Noticing an important link between the menstrual cycle and migraine, I furthered my knowledge with additional training under the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, gaining Membership. I have a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the University of London and a Masters in Medical Education (MSc MedEd) from the Royal College of Physicians and University College London.

Current Employment

I am Honorary Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I am also a specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. I am employed as a Sessional Lecturer in Health Professions Education at the University of Worcester.

Past Employment

I worked at the City of London Migraine Clinic from 1988, becoming Director of Clinical Research in 1999, until my resignation in 2011. I was responsible for all research portfolio at the City of London Migraine Clinic, writing protocols and running clinical trials of in-house research, securing research funding, ethical approval and running sponsored pharmaceutical research. I employed seven specialty doctors to run the service and was responsible for their initial and continuing training.

I ran the Menopause Clinic at St Bartholomew’s Hospital from 1993 to 2005, where I returned to work in 2019, and was a Medical Advisor at the Margaret Pyke Memorial Trust from 1999 to 2004.

Research and Publications

I have published over 200 research papers and book chapters, five single author books, seven co-authored books and have co-edited four books. I have extensive experience of trials in drug treatments for migraine and cluster headache as well as my personal research interest in menstrual migraine. My Doctorate thesis explored the role of oestrogen in migraine. The results of my research led to the development of research criteria for menstrual migraine, adopted by the International Headache Society in 2004.

Professional Activities in Headache

I teach headache medicine to undergraduate Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and to postgraduate students at Queen Mary, University of London. I was a member of the working group on migraine for the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-III) and am a member of the Ethics Committee of the International Headache Society. I am also involved with ‘Lifting the Burden’, which directs the Global Campaign against Headache in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

I regularly lecture at national and international meetings. I was honorary General Secretary of the International Headache Society between 1999 and 2005 following which I held the post of Honorary Treasurer until 2010. I have been a Trustee of the Migraine Trust and member of the Medical Advisory Board of Migraine Action Association. I have also served on the executive committees of the Anglo-Dutch Migraine Association and the British Association for the Study of Headache, co-authoring the first three editions of the BASH Headache Management Guidelines.

Professional Activities in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

At Barts Health NHS Trust I have worked to support the provision of level 1,2 and 3 services and develop a popular training programme for DFSRH, LoC IUT, LoC SDI and past LoC MEd trainees. I am a Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and am a trainer in all aspects of contraception and menopause, including provision of intrauterine (LoC IUT) and subdermal contraception (LoC SDI). I am a Faculty Instructing Doctor (LoC MEd) and Principal Trainer for Menopause, and am a member of the British Menopause Society Medical Advisory Council. In the past I was FSRH Regional Training Advisor for NE Thames and General Training Programme Director (GenTPD) for Barts Health NHS Trust. I chaired the General Training Committee and was Vice Chair of the MFSRH Examination committee and Convener of the MFSRH Critical Reading paper. I also hold the Diploma from the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine (DIPM).


In 2002 I received the Elizabeth Garret Anderson Award, which is awarded to women whose work over time has made an extraordinary contribution to relieving those affected by the burden of headache.

In 2011 I received the Special Recognition Award and Honorary Life Membership from the International Headache Society.

In 2013 the book Contraception: Your Questions Answered, co-authored with Professor John Guillebaud was Highly Commended in the British Medical Association Book Awards.

Professional Memberships

I am registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and am a member of the Institute of Clinical Research (MICR). Society memberships include the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH), British Menopause Society (BMS), European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC), Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), Institute of Clinical Research (ICR), Institute of Psychosexual Medicine (IPM), International Menopause Society (IMS) and the International Headache Society (IHS).


I speak on radio and television and have written several features for the lay and medical popular press.

About me