Migraine Research Foundation Grantees


We've funded 72 migraine researchers in 10 different countries.

For more grant information, click the researcher's name.



Anderson, Trent, University of Arizona
Neurosteroid Regulation of Cortical Spreading Depression

Andreou, Anna, Kings College London, England
BiTox–a novel, non-paralytic, botulinum toxin A molecule for the treatment of chronic migraine

Andreou, Anna, UCSF, CA
Corticothalamic Feedback and Trigeminothalamic Sensory Processing During Cortical Spreading Depression-Relevance to Migraine with Aura (2010 Heftler Award)

Antal, Andrea and Paulus, Walter, University Medical Center, Georg-August University, Germany
Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation for the Acute Treatment of Migraine

Ashina, Mossoud, Danish Headache Center, Denmark
Investigation of the serotonergic system in the migraine brain using positron emission tomography

Aylward, Brandon and Powers, Scott, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, OH
The Multidimensional Impact of Migraine in Adolescents Presenting to Specialty Care

Baca, Serapio, Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, CA
Examining the role of astrocytes in migraine using optogenetic methods

Bates, Emily, Brigham Young University, UT
Finding the Molecular Mechanism of Casein Kinase 1δ Mediated Migraine (2011 Heftler Award)

Berman, Nancy, University of Kansas Medical Center
A Behavioral Model of Menstrual Migraine

Borsook, David, Harvard Medical School, MA
Mapping Functional Brain Circuits in a Rodent Model of Central Sensitization

Brennan, K.C., and Kaufmann, Dan, University of Utah
Sex, Stress, and Migraine

Burstein, Rami, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA, and Grosberg, Brian, Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, CT
Status migrainosus: differentiating between responders and non-responders in the setup of real-life clinical practice (2016 MRF Impact Award)

Cao, Yu Qing, Washington University Pain Center, MO
Immunotherapy for migraine headache (2013)
The Effects of Calcium Channel Mutations on Trigeminal Ganglion Neurons Innervating the Dura (2009)

Charles, Andrew, Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, CA
Central Mechanisms of Opioids in the Transformation of Migraine

Cutrer, F. Michael, Mayo Clinic, MN
Whole Exome Sequencing as a Strategy for Gene Discovery in a Large Well Characterized Family with Migraine (2011)
Investigation of the Genetic Basis of Migraine: Building a DNA Library in Migraine Sufferers (2008)

DaSilva, Alexandre, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Endogenous Opioid Mechanisms in Chronic Migraine

Dussor, Greg and Price, Ted, University of Texas
Afferent stimulation of the trigeminovascular system produces central sensitization via BDNF signaling in the nucleus caudalis

Esposito, Teresa, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Italy
The Role of Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor Genes in Migraine

Fernández-Fernández, Jose, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Identification of novel, selective voltage-gated CaV2.1 calcium channel inhibitors which reverse the gain of channel function produced by Hemiplegic Migraine CACNA1A mutations

Gelfand, Amy, UCSF, CA
Bringing Relief to Adolescents Naturally with Melatonin (BRAiN-M study)

Ginsburg, Golda, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD
A Pilot Study of Family-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treating Chronic Pediatric Headache/Migraine and Comorbid Anxiety

Gold, Michael, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Calcium Activated Chloride Channels as a Novel Target for the Treatment of Migraine

Griffiths, Lyn, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Use of Next Generation Sequencing Technology to Identify Novel Hemiplegic Migraine and Migraine Related Mutations (Association of Migraine Disorders Grant)

Gudmundsson, Larus, University of Iceland
Psychological Stressors and Their Association with the Life-course of Migraine and its Comorbidity – a Longitudinal Study

Hershey, Andrew, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH
Genomics of Migraine from the CHAMP study: DNA Polymorphism Identification

Kraig, Richard, University of Chicago Medical Center, IL
Preclinical Development of Nasal Insulin as a Therapy for Chronic Migraine (2010)
Microglia and Cytokines Modulate Chronic Migraine (2009)

Lantéri-Minet, Michel, CHU de Nice, France
Intracranial pressure in migraine patients and animal models

Linnman, Clas, Boston Children’s Hospital, MA
Microglial proliferation in women with menstrual migraines (Association of Migraine Disorders Grant)

LeBel, Alyssa, Boston Children's Hospital
Endogneous Modulation and Central Sensitization in New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) in Children

Lipton, Richard, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
Serum CGRP and NGF levels in New Daily Persistent Headache to identify potential biomarkers and therapeutics targets (2015 Association of Migraine Disorders Grant)
Towards a Migraine Genetics Population Laboratory: Building on the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study (2007)

Nicholson, Robert, Mercy Clinic Headache Center, MO
Assessing adherence to guidelines for the acute treatment of pediatric migraine

Nyholt, Dale and Zhao, Huiying: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Identifying genetic differences between monozygotic twin pairs discordant for migraine via whole genome sequencing (Werber Family Grant)

Ochs, Jacki and Styron, Susanna, Human Arts Association, NY
Out of My Head, a migraine documentary

Olesen, Jes and Bhatt, Deepak Kumar, Danish Headache Center, Denmark
Developing a pragmatic human model suitable for migraine drug testing combined with the study of biochemical changes during a migraine attack in humans

Oshinsky, Michael, Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Glial Activation and the Chronification of Headache

Polt, Robin and Porreca, Frank, University of Arizona
PACAP antagonists as novel migraine therapies

Porreca, Frank, University of Arizona
Behavioral Model of Medication Overuse Headache

Pozo-Rosich, Patricia: Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Spain
MicroMIG: searching for new biomarkers in migraine using microRNA expression profile analysis

Ptáček, Louis, UCSF, CA
Generation of mouse models of novel casein kinase 1δ migraine mutations

Rolan, Paul, School of Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
Targeting Glial Inhibition to Attenuate Chronic Migraine: an International Double-blind Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial of Ibudilast

Romero-Reyes, Marcela, NYU School of Dentistry, NY
The effect of the CGRP receptor antagonist BIBN4096BS on the response to trigeminal nociception, activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine release (2009 Heftler Award)

Scher, Ann, Uniformed Services University, MD
Migraine in Middle Age and Late Life: A Longitudinal Analysis of Factors Related to Migraine Prognosis in a Large Population-Based Cohort

Schürks, Markus and Kurth, Tobias, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA
Identification of Genetic Determinants of the Association Between Migraine and Cardiovascular Events: A Genome-Wide Association Study

Shapiro, Robert and Mawe, Gary, University of Vermont
Studies of gastroparesis in monogenic migraine mouse models (Association of Migraine Disorders Grant)

Smitherman, Todd, University of Mississippi
Efficacy of Behavioral Insomnia Treatment for Chronic Migraine: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Stanton, Patric, New York Medical College
N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Glycine Coagonist Site Modulation as a Potential Treatment for Migraine in Adolescent and Adult Females (2012)
N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Glycine Coagonist Site Modulation as a Potential Treatment for Migraine (2010)

Starling, Amaal, Mayo Clinic, AZ
Metformin for the Prevention of Episodic Migraine

Thomas, Wayne, Cell Innovations, Australia
A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, proof-of-concept study of the safety and efficacy of autologous stromal vascular fraction cells, in patients with moderate to severe chronic migraine headache

Wang, Xiaohui, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Phenotypic Identification of Drugs Derived from Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) for Treating Migraine Headache

Wieseler, Julie and Watkins, Linda, University of Colorado
Why Opioids Enhance Migraine Pain: The Puzzle Points to Glia

Willis, Colin, University of New England, ME
Mechanisms of Blood-brain Barrier Dysfunction Induced Medication Overuse Headache

Yaksh, Tony, UCSD Medical Center, CA
Role of TLR4 and Glial Cells in Histamine and GTN-Induced Migraine Mechanisms

Yarnitsky, David; Granovsky, Yelena; and Granot, Michal, Technion Faculty of Medicine, Israel
Prediction of migraine prevention efficacy: Individualization of treatment by coupling drug's mode of action with patient's mechanism of pain modulation